Contributor Spotlight: Ted Jean

Three Proximate Sonnets by Ted Jean appeared in Issue 23 and can be read here.

We’d love to hear more about these sonnets. What was most difficult?

How to get beyond puny first person confessional schlock? How to contribute an insight? How to honor the vigorous tradition of playful English prosody?

If you could have a drink with any living author, who would it be? Why?

Johah Goldberg, professional smartass. Wit, wisdom, light heart.

What are you working on now? What’s next?

An essay about roads, driving them. Driving as surrogate for flying.

Our thanks to Ted for taking the time to answer a few questions and share his work. Read Ted’s three sonnets here:


A carpenter, Ted writes, paints, and plays tennis with Amy Lee. Nominated twice for Best of the Net, and twice for the Pushcart Prize, his work appears in Beloit Poetry Journal, PANK, Spillway, DIAGRAM, American Journal of Poetry, and dozens of other publications. His first chapbook, Desultory Sonnets, won the 2016 Turtle Island Poetry Prize.