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About the Author

Jane Cassady probably wants to hug you. She writes "Poetic License Horoscopes" for Sibling Rivalry Press, The Legendary, and Critical Mass, the Philadelphia City Paper's arts and culture blog. Her poems "In 1992," "Almost Immediately," "It Got Better" and "For the Comfort of Automated Phrases" can be heard on Indiefeed: Performance Poetry. She has been featured in decomP, The Ballard Street Poetry Journal, Lavender Review, and other journals. She has performed at such venues as LouderArts in New York City, Valley Contemporary Poets in Los Angeles, and The Encyclopedia Show in Chicago. She also writes a blog about happiness, love, and pop- culture called The Serotonin Factory.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Sibling Rivalry Press, LLC (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937420175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937420178
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,176,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Cassady's wonderful debut, "For the Comfort of Automated Phrases," has been a long time coming. Having been an active part for years in several poetry communities (California, New York, Philadelphia, etc...) those of us who have seen her live have been spoiled by our access to her handmade & charm-filled chapbooks. Those chapbooks were easy to consume as her homemade gingerbread cookies, which she makes with a little cayenne pepper mixed in the dough; her poetry, like those cookies, allow you to really enjoy the sweetness by enduring a wonderful slow burn.

Now with her first full length collection -- loving put together by the always amazing Sibling Rivalry Press -- Cassady's work is now available to the much larger audience it deserves. Each poem unravels like an almost forgotten home movie: vivid and real, and freshly being remembered. Cassady's keen eye frames life as it is: beautiful and quiet as a morning in bed with your wife; or loud and bewildering as a fireworks to a nephew with autism; or as real and true as love letters you write to cities every morning during your commute.

Cassady captures so much in her poems -- love, fear, sex, loneliness, moonpies, tv shows, Lady Gaga & Elvis Presley -- but she does not try to change or distort them to fit her own purpose. What is funny she allows to ring true with laughter; what is sad, she allows to sing its low notes. She sees herself as she was, as she is, and as she could be, and plays these chords wondrously through out all her poems. It is delight to watch this poet shine a spotlight on her world, and not just claim it all, but love it all: the good and the bad.

I hope "For the Comfort of Automated Phrases" allows more people to experience Jane Cassady & her work, and if you have a chance to see her live, I strongly suggest you do... and not just because she sometimes brings cupcakes to share!
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Can Jan Cassady really see the absurdity we all elect to ignore as we tromp through days of routine ritual living? From this her first collection of written poems it would certainly seem so. Cassady has up to this point apparently concentrated on performance poetry and literary blogs that have found a solid audience for her unique brand of humor and insight. She seems to delight in the little incidents and unnoticed moments of joy that, hidden in the shadows of our busy lives, she not only sees but rhapsodizes. There is no sense of a poet desiring to making a `fabulous impression' with this book FOR THE COMFORT OF AUTOMATED PHRASES, rather she seems content to just hit her target (which happens to be our vulnerable spot) and go on doodling with our thoughts. Reading her is a special kind of pleasure: re-reading her Jan Cassady becomes gradually more poignant and important.

YOUR ART HISTORIAN DAUGHTER HAS NEVER BEEN PROUDER
On my way home form the Thanksgiving weekend
when my first niece was born
and New York was still trying to find its breath,
we stopped at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
on the way home form my sister's in-laws on Long Island.

I like to be alone in museums,
so we looked around separately,
but when we met up outside the Abstract Expressionists
he said

`I was looking at this red painting that covered a shoe wall
and I realized oh, I get it!
It's just red.
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For the Comfort of Automated Phrases" is a flippant and serious collection of poems for the hopeful romantic. It's a travelogue of young woman's love affairs with people, cities and popular culture. Buy this book, it has a good heart. I adore Jane Cassady and so will you.
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A female David Foster Wallace, someone suggests. It's honestly not that bad. (I'm part of the other DFW cult, the antis.) If this is amateur verse - 'real' poets generally have more angst, or at least can fabricate some - it has the great virtue of avoiding pretension

'you were the one who taught me/that you never wear a band's T-shirt/to that band's show'

And I never read a poem about Scrabble before! 'I will not dump the pew out this time.' Heh heh
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