Like a Thin Veil
By Jesse Parent
Lawn Gnome Publishing Original Poetry
Performance poets have developed the ability to write in the voice of a persona outside of the self with more pinache and empathy than other poetic movements, and Mr. Parent’s book demonstrates that he is leading the way.
Del Close taught that characters should be an extension of yourself. “Like a Thin Veil” attempts to use persona poems to reflect the light that is inside the author through a different lens, a different point of view. This collection provides the justifications of villains, the other side of bit characters, and the voices that the author needs to borrow just to tell his own stories.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jesse “Jesster” Parent is a nationally touring improvisational actor and local father and husband. He found the world of slam poetry and created the performance format called The Hook, a combination of slam poetry, music, and long form improvisation. Wanting to bring more inspiration to this format, he started participating in poetry performances at Cup of Joe in Salt Lake City in January of 2007, and earned a spot as performer and coach on the 2007 Salt City Slam team.
He has been a team member and SlamMaster from 2007-2011, including an 8th place team finish at the 2011 National Poetry Slam. Jesse finished 2nd at the 2010 and 2011 Individual World Poetry Slams. He enjoys touring the coffee houses of Utah, trying to get other poets excited about spoken word poetry.
When not performing poetry, Jesse can be found touring nationally with the improvisational duo, JoKyR and Jesster, or performing locally at the Off Broadway Theatre on Main St. in Salt Lake City
with their resident improv troupe, Laughing Stock.