Co-Winner of the 2015 Helen Kay Chapbook Poetry Prize
Scene of the Crime by Jennifer Lagier
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
Read selections from Scene of the Crime Boyfriends 16; Booth Bunny 17; Cinderella’s Support Group 18; Santa Cruz 19; P.S. 20; Dr. Nazi’s Poetry Workshop 21 from Evening Street Review, NUMBER 14, Spring 2016