In Jesse's Surprise! world, the Unicorns are back (though scornful of human progress), Jesus is a Vegas magician, and Mickey Mouse has PTSD. But there are still starry nights and twilight transfigurations and poets who speak to us from paupers' graves. With heart and wit, these poems confront complacencies of thought and deed.
Jesse Ehrenberg's Surprise! cracks down reality to its boiling point of now. He's one of many voices in U.S. poetry decrying the calamities and yet finding "sacred songs / in praise of tomorrow." All power to the poets like Jesse who are the lifeblood of America healthy and flowing as we all work through the prevailing idiocy.
From the book:
the evening sky,
is the sound
the night arrives
out of sorts)
from the sky;
by the wind.
Jesse Ehrenberg started writing poetry as a teenager and, as with any good obsession, has never found a reason to stop. He grew up in and around New York City and moved to New Mexico in the early 70s.
His work strongly reflects the influence of his parents who were both artists and political radicals. Intellectually, this didn’t leave him a lot to rebel against, but certainly left him rebellious as well as a rebel for social change. His work also shows a strong love of nature, and an endless fascination with this plague of lemmings we call the human race.
Before leaving New York, he was published in the "Yale Literary Magazine" and a few other small east-coast collections. More recently, he has been published in several New Mexico poetry anthologies.
Jesse is an English major with a background in Music and Art, and works running sound systems and designing posters for local bands.
SURPRISE! is a 60 page hand-stitched book with spine - $15.