THE MESSENGER IS ALREADY DEAD: Poems by Jennifer MacBain-Stephens


Jennifer MacBain-Stephens
Stalking Horse Press
Trade Paperback
Publishing March 2017


“Jennifer MacBain-Stephens’ poems in The Messenger is Already Dead hang heavy with history, weaving past and present into a single entity that drips with atmospheric pain felt on a female wavelength. Joan of Arc factors heavily, as our existence is based in part on her struggle and sacrifice. “She blends into the walls,” the author tells us, “she pelts an asterisk/ at the English dictionary.” Here, birthmarks on babies signal stains of the past bleeding into the present. MacBain-Stephens’ collection is an exquisite puzzle formed from time’s continuum, and our resistance to it; a unique perspective on the imperative to listen to the echoes of yesterday.” —Amy Strauss Friedman, author of Gathered Bones are Known to Wander

“Jennifer MacBain-Stephens is a master at crafting a storyline through verse. She weaves together pop culture, modernity, and iconic historical figures to comment on gender identity, violence, and the search for the self. I love the conversational language smartly enmeshed in beautiful, strange images. MacBain-Stephens is a writer to follow for the years to come.” —Joanna C. Valente, author of Marys of the Sea


Product Description

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and now lives in the DC area. Her first full length poetry collection is forthcoming later this year from Lucky Bastard Press. She is also the author of seven chapbooks. Her chapbook Clown Machine is forthcoming from Grey Book Press this summerShe also reviews poetry at The The’s “The Infoxicated Corner.” Recent work can be seen or is forthcoming at Jet Fuel Review, PithFreezeray, Entropy, Right Hand Pointing, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Inter/rupture, and decomP.


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