November Reconsidered

November Reconsidered
Editions:Paperback: $ 15.00
ISBN: 979-8543168820
Size: 8.00 x 10.00 in
Pages: 100

November Reconsidered

There are adjustments now
To the November rain
To the November expectation
To the November settlement
Schedules and scoldings
Homework and housework
They adjust to me and I adjust to them.

Part rant, part meditation, part acerbic commentary, November Reconsidered is a gritty and darkly funny collection of November poems that transports us from site to site, back and forth through time. Marc Janssen’s satire takes a lyric yet steely look at a market’s cereal aisle, an eighth grade English class, a Toyota dealership, a California mall on Black Friday, a Happy Hour at Charlie Browns. Although he never flinches from the dark realities of life, Janssen also gives us moments of assuaging respite. On a solitary walk taken to escape the family hubbub of Thanksgiving Day, he notes this: The cold damp air made exhalation look full and white and alive, / White breath in a reverent day.

—Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, author of One Small Sun and Understory

Publisher: Sandra Kleven

Cirque Press Author — Marc Janssen

Marc Janssen
Marc Janssen

It would be easy to say that Marc Janssen lives in a house with a wife who likes him and a cat who loathes him. It is more complicated than that. Marc:

  • was born in Ventura, California and grew up in the State of Jefferson
  • has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from California Lutheran University
  • is a veteran of the Ventura poetry scene
  • has worked as a copywriter, a marketer, a salesman, an employee of the state, and was also hopelessly
  • has been published by journals in the US and around the world
  • Coordinates the Salem Poetry Project and the Salem Poetry Festival

His wife is fun, smart and beautiful. His kids are brilliant and good looking. The cat—the cat absolutely loathes him.