Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Zvi A. Sesling’s Poems King of the Jungle
Published by Ibbetson St. Press
Brookline, MA poet Zvi A. Sesling’s debut book King of the Jungle has been released by Ibbetson St. Press. Doug Holder, publisher of Ibbetson St. said, “We are excited about this volume of poetry because it reveals the breadth of Sesling’s poetic abilities.”
Sesling, who has been published in more than 100 poetry journals, was cited as a “button down Bukowski” by Boston’s first Poet Laureate Sam Cornish in his introduction to the book. Cornish also notes, “As the title suggest, the writing is ironic and opinionated; therefore fresh and unpredictable.”
As the titles to the sections of the book hint, the variety of the poetry ranges from humorous to serious to macabre. He reflects on subjects such as what Louis XVI was thinking before his beheading, what people see in a mirror, a thought about composer Erik Satie’s sheets, to a poem based on a fortune in a Chinese fortune cookie.
He also remembers first kisses, first girlfriends and sex, as well as the agony of relationships gone awry. Sesling’s humor and seriousness are found throughout the books 64 poems, as are his thoughts on the war, the Holocaust and Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
His poems reflect his keen observations of people and relationships, as well as the joys and fears of life.
Sesling was awarded First Prize in the Reuben Rose International Poetry Competition and Third Place in 2004. In 2008 Sam Cornish selected him as New England/Pen’s “Discovery” reader. His chapbook, Across Stones of Bad Dreams will be published in 2010 by Cervena Barva Press.
Sesling resides in Brookline, MA where he lives with his wife Susan J. Dechter, Sesling holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University and a J.D. from Suffolk University. He has taught at Suffolk University, Emerson College and Boston University.
To order King of the Jungle go to: http://tinyurl.com/ygw83s3
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