Citizen Jeff

By: bmshep

Jan 11 2010

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Category: Male Citizens

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Citizen Jeff

This is Jeff. Jeff is 53 and claims to be an unemployed hack, a victim of the ro(BUST) economy. But all that hack stuff is just a day job anyway. Jeff is really a published poet, playwright, author, and all around nice guy, who let me invade his house tonight without warning. He was born among the ghosts of Gettysburg but became a Californian at an early age. 

What are your favorite accomplishments? My daughter, although that’s not really my accomplishment. The chance to see my play première in Buffalo in 2001, near the frozen Niagara Falls. 

Regrets: I flunked out of Rodeo Clown School. I’ve recovered and moved on. 

What are your passions/obsessions? Hope to write a really good story someday. As I’ve aged, my obsessions have become more neurotic and less useful, like figuring out the reverse spelling of every third word. 

Sound off! One hard lesson learned: Never buy milk at a liquor store. 

What’s your favorite piece that you’ve had published? My poem ‘Virga’ in the Tule Review. Non-Fiction: ‘A Ditch Runs Through It’ in Utne and the Sacramento News and Review. (I just read ‘Virga’ tonight and it’s really good!)

Who are your influences? Thomas Pinchon, Faulkner, William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, and Donald Barthelme.

Thanks Jeff.

You can read one of Jeff’s non-fiction pieces here:



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