I, Benjamin
  • Author: Enslin, Theodore
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Pages: 64
  • Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2"
  • Pub. Year: 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-929701-90-5
  • In Stock: Yes
Price: $10.00
FINALIST: 2010 BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD -- FANTASY FICTION

A lonely man possessing special powers crosses into an unknown country. There he meets three mysterious figures: an alluring diva, a shape-shifting siren, and an oddly omniscient hunter. Gradually, the four-part variations of I, Benjamin assume the disquieting dimensions of a visionary passageway to that unknowable thing called a beautiful life. Theodore Enslin's poetic career spans 51 years since the publication of his first book, The Work Proposed in 1958; now, with his self-proclaimed swan song, he presents a "quasi-autobiographical" fable of an artist's life.

Read the first chapter: Part One (PDF)
Read John Olson's lengthy review: Exit from Exurbia

REVIEWS:
"Enslin writes himself a life, a melodious, ideal and legendary one, a dream life that comes to the man-child when he decides to make art his life. This tale is charming, and is, besides, a marvelous recipee for making oneself a life out of words. The reader roams this confined paradise until it suddenly opens, and then one wants to stay." -- Andrei Codrescu
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Ted Enslin Tribute Site: David Giannini's long review of I, Benjamin, an interview, a recording, a bibliography, etc.

GUARDIAN OBITUARY, 2012:
Poet whose lines were inspired by musical composition

AUTHOR:
Theodore Vernon Enslin (born March 25, 1925) is the last living American poet of the first circle associated with Cid Corman's Origin magazine and press (which included Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, and two earlier Objectivists, George Oppen and Louis Zukofsky). He is one of the most musical of American avant-garde poets....
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