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Eric Jennings

54 posts Oakland CA Website

I'm a poet, an invocateur, an accidental yogi, and a dilettante. I dabble in patamysticism which is the spiritual branch of pataphysics. Childhood sexual victimization informs my writing.

my echo, my shadow, and me

I am a sixty-one-year-old white male of English and Irish descent. I have a genetic disposition for acne, baldness and depression. I am taller than average and slender. Clothing rarely fits me well. I was lied to as a child and things were done to me that should never be done to another human being. I kept that a secret

crown royal pain

i got my first crown just one month into the shut-in, shut-down, whatever you call it, the beginning of the time when everything changed, when the before and after split, when nothing changed. i had been dutifully avoiding contact. I meant to say ravishfully. introvert’s wet dream, eh? it was traumatic because (the crown)

was my first, terrified by

Yeah, That's Right, I'm the Yoga Language Police

The following is adapted from a Yoga Studio Instructor’s Guide that I wrote for my hot yoga studio. The heat specific references won’t apply to everyone, obviously, but I hope they are still instructive.

A professional yoga studio should allow instructors a good amount of autonomy in how they teach their classes. However, there are certain unwritten principles

Design as Snobbery

Design as Art by Bruno Munari is as insufferable as it is inspiring.

My experience as a graphic designer is long, not deep. I’ve been designing part-time for more than twenty years but sporadically and not to the degree that I could call myself more than a novice. I love doing it and have created a few logos and

Pumiquat v.2

This is my second self-published book of poems. It includes flarf, appropriations, haiku, invocations, a script and a couple of unclassifiable pieces. It contains everything from Pumiquat.v1 and a lot more. 136 pages.

It's available for purchase on My Books page.

Pumiquat Cover

Hello World

The title of this post refelects the fact that this was the first thing I published on my previous Wordpress Blog. All new WP installations include a default "Hello World" post so instead of deleting that I just edited it to this.

My full name is Eric Benvenue-Jennings. I was born Eric Jennings but I added Benvenue when I got

when the machines came

we lay on the dreaming prairie
after the birth of mountains
killed forests in shadows of rain
absorbing memories from sand
through the temperate grass

your final contented sigh
released me from my troubled skin
to merge with a crimson river
where forgotten megafauna
bellies full with pignon reflect

tumultuous air and contained fire
once promised white-tail hart
and dread-locked