Poems that joins the ancient and the modern to the intense lyric experience of self-discovery
Wistful memory, future longing, nostalgia for unrealized possibilities, KEŞKE joins the ancient and the modern to the intense lyric experience of self-discovery. Watery scenes rewrite Homeric myth with a feminist eye while verses unfold inner worlds with tangible sensuality. Experimental yet measured, KEŞKE is shaped by forgotten caves, ancient ruins, wave-battered ships, and the ragged angularity of the Mediterranean coast. Evoking desire for what is absent, KEŞKE traverses the slipping movement of time and attachment, hope and impossibility, with a clear eye and a passionate hunger for where and what we might have been.
"Haunting, spare and beautiful, Jennifer Reimer’s poems invite us to examine the inmost wishes of our hearts."
-Madeline Miller, author of Circe and The Song of Achilles
“Jennifer Reimer’s gorgeous KEŞKE reworlds the neglected desire and historical will of Calypso. Collapsing time through citation, she remolds myth’s methods as they become embodied as seaworn landscapes. As her epic’s aperture opens on the political violence of contemporary Turkey, even as the stony ruins of the physical and the mythical accumulate, Reimer’s verse maps the oft unanswerable, historical cry of ‘What if?’
—J. Michael Martinez, author of Museum of the Americas
“Jennifer Reimer’s KEŞKE is both radically intimate and political, haunted and activated by a shimmering landscape of shifting lines and columns, entangled prose and verse that feels both speculative and mythological. KEŞKE is the beckoning song of a siren reborn from a shipwrecked sailor, and in our longing to answer that call is our wish that this shipwrecked world will find its way to the same.”
—Mia You, author of I, Too, Dislike It
Jennifer A. Reimer Recio is Assistant Professor of American Studies and MFA Program Coordinator at Oregon State University-Cascades. She has lived in Cyprus, Turkey, Denmark, Austria, and the Basque coast. A proud native Californian, she currently lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and The Cat Belmonte. Follow her on Instagram @jenniferareimer.