By jess l parker

STAR THINGS

POETRY

In Star Things, Jess Parker pulls down the cosmos as if a blanket, hangs the firmament itself as if a string of festive lights to illuminate the magic in the worldly mundane. These sixty-one brief yet powerful poems work in a broad array of forms, at once playful and serious, taking risks, toying with readers’ expectations and delivering seemingly effortless coups de grâce with a sly wink.

ABOUT THE Author

JESS L PARKER

Jess L Parker is a poet and strategist. Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Jess lives in Madison, WI with her husband, son, and French Bulldog. Her work has appeared in Bramble, Poetry Hall, Millwork, Wallop Zine, and elsewhere. Jess holds a B.A. of English and Spanish from Northern Michigan University, an M.A. of Spanish Literature from UW-Madison, and an MBA from Concordia University.

Jess L Parker Poet and Writer

author awards & accolades

Dynamo Verlag Book Prize

2020, Dynamo Verlag
‘Star Things’

Kay Saunders Emerging Poet Award [2nd place]

2019, WI Fellowship of Poets
‘Saturn Rising’

VANDE SANDE FICTION PRIZE

2010, Northern Michigan University
‘An is to a was’

Legler Memorial Poetry Prize Runner Up

2010, Northern Michigan University
Fireflies

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“With an ear for music and a flair for the occasional suprise, Parker spinkles magic onto these pages…If the stars’ reflection in a pond creates a ‘morse code’ that communicates with the constellations, so do these poems transmit…the intricacies of being human in orbit among the stars…”

– Cynthia Marie Hoffman, author of ‘call me when you want to talk about the tombstones’

Upcoming Events

October 21, 2021

Star Things, Book Release Party • Madison, WI

 Join us on Thursday, October 21st at the Old Sugar Distillery to celebrate the release of Star Things. Enjoy craft cocktails, snacks and poetry from 7-9pm.

Poetry in Practice, DreamBank Workshop • Zoom

Join Jess L Parker for an hour of guided poetry writing for beginners to seasoned writers. Brought to you via Zoom by DreamBank on Thursday, January 13th. 3 – 4 PM CST. Registration coming soon.

Now Available!

Available Aug 16, 2018

star things

POETRY

In Star Things, Jess Parker pulls down the cosmos as if a blanket, hangs the firmament itself as if a string of festive lights to illuminate the magic in the worldly mundane. These sixty-one brief yet powerful poems work in a broad array of forms, at once playful and serious, taking risks, toying with readers’ expectations and delivering seemingly effortless coups de grâce with a sly wink.

MOONBLINK

You’d blink and miss the sliver moon,
its heavy mechanical eyelid. Your childhood
baby doll clumsily catching a wink. And think,

what are we…

Could I be someone’s moon? Pushing and
pulling the tide – and cutting you loose.

– Jess L Parker, Star Things

there’s more where that came from!

‘MOONBLINK’ is one of sixty-one beautifuly written poems published in Star Things by Jess L Parker. Preorder your copy today.

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