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The Off-Season
Jen Levitt

Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2016 • 76 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - Women Authors

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-77-2

“Levitt offers the kind of unabashed vulnerability and intelligence that makes readers feel a little less alone and awkward in the world.” —Publishers Weekly

The Off-Season grapples with the question of how to be in the world

The poems in The Off-Season are populated with things—'90s TV shows, mixtapes, crosstown buses, winter beaches—signifiers that trace a trajectory from girlhood to adulthood and bring to the surface feelings and desires that ordinarily stay hidden. We witness the strangeness of modern life, relive our own adolescent awkwardness and listen in on conversations with dead poets, TV characters, family members and intimates. With humor, fierceness and generosity, The Off-Season grapples with the question of how to be in the world.

Reviews / Endorsements

“. . . Anyone who has ever struggled to come of age, as an artist, as a human, will find themselves in this book.” —Kathleen Ossip

“. . . Conversational and intimate in its details, The Off-Season radiates sincerity, and Levitt’s voice—bold, humble, questioning, quirky—is captivating.”—Rachel Zucker

“. . . This is a book for this moment in that this moment keeps happening again and again. Which makes it timeless and utterly necessary.”—Gabrielle Calvocoressi

JEN LEVITT received her MFA from NYU. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, DIAGRAM, Sixth Finch, Tin House, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City and teaches high school students.

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