Heading into October, I have three more poems for you from a fellow EDP Editor to celebrate and honour all the work we did together on 5 years of the mag which is now sadly closed. The ARCHIVE is still available. Do visit. In September I gave you three poems by Constance Brewer. Now it is the turn of Jeff Jeppesen.
What can I say about Jeff? He always makes me laugh. Jeff was a joy to work with because he was always so generous with his comments to our poets and he is a great team player! Always up for a bit of banter 🙂 Like most of my colleagues at Every Day Poets, he started as a contributor but he was really interested in being involved as an editor and what a great editor to have on the team!! Here are some links to his impressive archive of poems and Editorials JEFF JEPPESEN at EVERY DAY POETS
This is how Jeff looks.
- JEFF JEPPESEN on FB
I guess I feel poetry is the closest approximation to getting a powerful memory into words. I am attracted to poetry’s focus on imagery and moments. In fiction, I like a multifaceted character involved in a clever plot, but my greatest joy in reading is the discovery of singular moments that make me live somewhere else for just a second. Poetry does that for me most consistently. I write some fiction, but I am not good with plot or “what happens next”. I’m better at drilling down to everything swirling around a few particular moments: the colors, smells, emotions, meaning.
Poetry what do you love and what do you hate?
I like poetry that makes me feel a little disturbed or overcome.
I like a poem that builds an image, or images that lead me somewhere I may not have thought I really wanted to go before I started reading it.
I like poetry that speaks plainly. No matter how complex an idea might be, there is no need to be overly esoteric and obscuring with language.
I hate poetry written exclusively for other poets. A writer’s job, whether a novelist, journalist, editor or poet, is to communicate. Anybody out there should be able to pick up your work and find a connection to it somewhere on that page. Poetry is not some high school clique; you shouldn’t have to be “in the know” to get it.
And poetry written about the act of writing poetry with the conceit that a poet is some special, rarified type of being makes me really pissed off.
Some memories of editing at EDP.
I have good memories of working at EDP. Sure Oonah ruled with an iron fist, but you get used to the abuse. Honestly, every staff member was a joy to work with. I felt appreciated, which to me is the most important aspect of any job.
Oooh — all gooyey inside 😉
I’ve never been an editor before so every day was a learning experience. Finding the really good poems in the submissions queue was rewarding, entertaining and never felt like real work. And I got to take the lead on two October issues which was a total blast.
Tell us something about your achievements and ambitions as a writer.
My ambition is to keep plugging away and finding homes for my work. I’ve been able to place my poetry in a range of journals both online and in print.
Some coming up in The Linnet’s Wings Autumn ’14 folks 🙂
A handful of poems have made it into good science fiction journals such as Space and Time and Strange Horizons. Soon I need to sit myself down and figure out how to get a book ready.
Recently I was able to combine my other favorite thing, table top gaming, with writing, when I was asked to edit the rulebook for an upcoming dice and card game, Talaiden Tactics. Our Kickstarter is LIVE NOW. Take a look on our website, Talaidentactics.com,
Without EDP I don’t think I would have been considered for the job.
It looks FANTASTIC Jeff — Congratulations and every success.
Is nothing sacred?!
The first of his poems will be up next MONDAY. Yes I said MONDAY. I am changing the day for this Blog — Why? I have my reasons… Allow me to remain — mysterious.