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Cover of Nanopedia by Charles Jensen
January 2019
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Charles Jensen

Charles Jensen's second book of poems is brimming with humor and pathos packaged into small prose poems with titles as varying as the material within the poems. These are poems by a poet who observes the world, takes it apart and puts it back together in different forms. What lucky readers we are to witness this mind at work, and what a good laugh we might get in the process.


Charles Jensen earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at Arizona State University in 2004.

Praise for this book

"Charles Jensen’s 'Nanopedia' is a lovely book of ironies and experiments about the history of a nation that can’t seem to be honest about its history. As is his fashion, Jensen reinvents our idea of what the political poem is and what it can do through an adherence to artifice that seems to wonder what is real. This is a stunning book!”

Jericho Brown

"If 'Nanopedia' is the smallest American reference, then Charles Jensen is the smallest American reference librarian. In Jensen’s book, a prose poem crawls into the shell of a dictionary definition and comes alive there, wandering off to unexpected places from domestic terrorism to online dating to white privilege. These tiny poems are part aphorism, part parable, part history, part memoir, part comedy, part tragedy. They are the shards of ‘a bomb that detonates inward.’"

Stephanie Lenox
Author of "The Business and Congress of Strange People"