Scene of the Crime by Jennifer Lagier

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Jennifer Lagier has published sixteen books. Her work has appeared most recently in From Everywhere a Little: A Migration Anthology, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, Missing Persons: Reflections on Dementia, Silent Screams: Poetic Journeys Through Addiction & Recovery. Recent books: Camille Verite (FutureCycle Press), Where We Grew Up (FutureCycle Press), Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press), Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press), Camille Mobilizes (FutureCycle Press) and Trumped Up Election (Xi Draconis Books).

These are poems that expose all the crimes of the heart: married too young at 19 to the wrong guy, relationship as prison sentence both must serve, middle-aged in a dead end job wondering what went wrong, parents infirm, dead or dying, teaching classes to the seriously deranged, old boyfriends like “emotional herpes.” It’s all here, the raw and the cooked, words from poems like police incident tape marking the scene of the crime with words. –Alan Catlin, author of Last Man Standing

​Jennifer Lagier’s latest collection Scene  of the Crime allows access into the lives of people you may be familiar with, and some who resemble the face in the mirror a bit too closely. These poems take you on a journey of the mind, body, and spirit and offer no apologies in the quest for truth. Ms. Lagier gives a clinic on how to write tight, concise “mini-movies” that capture the heart and soul of everyday life; even if the light isn’t always flattering, it is always honest. –Cathy Porter, author of Dust And Angels.

Jennifer Lagier’s Scene of the Crime is an expose of gritty, unforgettable characters, past lovers, a grizzled dude, a freak parade, a prison-guard librarian, washed-aside misfits, a barista and old drunken hippies, the chemically imbalanced, coffee-shop geezers, and martyrs and cripples. These are cerebral and visceral poems filled with cinematic images readers will remember long afterwards. –Victor Henry, author of What They Wanted