Fishbowl Press Poetry names Jordan Poet if the Week

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Many thanks to Poetry Editor David Estringel at Fishbowl Press for publishing 6 of my oddball poems!

Spirits for Sale launches at The Tipsy Muse!u

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Join Fredericton author Jordan Trethewey and local vocal talents Sunday, October 27 from 1-3pm, as they celebrate the launch of his spooky new collection of poems exposing the dark eBay market of haunted items for sale!

The book, and reading, features creepy original Art Brut by Dutch painter Marcel Herms. This FREE event just might leave you appropriately breathless….

Come out and support a local writer exhuming a global subject! Jordan will have copies of “Spirits” for sale available for purchase…and he draws a mean skull & crossbones.

Trish Saunders reviews Spirits for Sale

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Just in: a review of Spirits for Sale by Seattle poet Trish Saunders…

SPIRITS FOR SALE’s poems and art live in that uncertain airspace, under one’s foot, between the last stair and the floor below. We THINK we can step safely onto that solid surface. The longer we live, the less sure we are. These poems, tellingly and beautifully illustrated by Marcel Herms, remind us to take nothing for granted. Ordinary objects can change form, like a doll opening its eyes, and even pop up for sale in the world’s online market. SPIRITS FOR SALE is a deliciously unsettling read for all ages. But forewarning: very young children may ask their parents “why” even more than usual.

Jenn Zed reviews Spirits for Sale!

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A review of Spirits for Sale by U.K. visual artist and poet Jenn Zed:

Jordan Trethewey and Marcel Herms give us a well forged set of collaborative pieces .. the melding of Jordan’s Tanka-structured poems, and the free-style allegorical art of Marcel, work in harmony—one giving us the content and information in poetic form, while the other visually expands.

Both give us an alternative way of looking at the idea, and work to subvert the subject. Each reveal a satire that is a beautifully tongue-in-cheek commentary on the strangeness of the idea of paranormal objects being sold and bought online.

There is a lot being said by both writer and artist in this collection The complimentary forms work together to create a truly wonderful and interesting response to the collection’s subject.

Eva Wong Nava reviews ‘Spirits for Sale’

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A review of “Spirits for Sale” by Singapore author and publisher Eva Wong Nava:

Just in time for Halloween, ‘Spirits for Sale,’ a book of Tanka poems by Jordan Trethewey with artwork by Marcel Herms, is a dead giveaway inspired by the supernatural and paranormal artefacts found on sale online. I was spooked by the imagery in many of Trethewey’s poems. Here is a poet that has been profoundly affected by these commodities of the underworld: “a religious bracelet,” “carlotta’s spirit” that “clings to a rare clown doll,” the “lawyer and mistress/ last seen in monmouth county/in the nineteen thirties,” “dollie lived with rae/from xochimilco mexico” who was “displayed hung by her neck.”

Herms’ Art Brut renditions of Trethewey’s words are compelling and make his poetic imageries convincingly, and hair-raisingly, frightening. I’m not one for the paranormal, and I opened Trethewey’s collection with trepidation. Once in, I was hooked by my curiosity of these curios that are exchanged online. Trethewey even includes the price that these items are sold for.

‘kidwitgame18again’ was on sale for a whopping USD $400. This poem tells the story of a genie who lives in a girl’s music box. The girl, who has measles, is eventually found “stone dead on the floor”… “[the] spirit laughs out loud/she did not suffer today/in this world madam/and you failed to specify/how much time she should have left.”

If you like the macabre, the ghoulish, and the spectacular, then this book of poetry and artwork is for you. Happy Halloween.

Review of Spirits for Sale by Lorette c. Luzajic

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Reviews are coming in for Spirits for Sale:

“If you find poetry in oddities and curiousities like I do, you must discover the collaborations of writer Jordan Trethewey and painter Marcel Herms. The Dutch artist and Canadian poet often work together in joining the visual with visual language, but in this gem, they have outdone themselves. Herms’s sympathetically creepy imaginings are paired with tanka poems entirely devoted to the subject of spirit-haunted Ebay paraphernalia for sale. The result is the first first in 2500 years, since the poet of Ecclesiastes declared there was nothing new under the sun.”

Lorette C. Luzajic, editor, The Ekphrastic Review