Poetry. Winner of the inaugural Les Figues Press NOS Book Prize as selected by guest judge Sarah Shun-lien Bynum.
A family of five, Mrs. G, Mr. G and the daughter, along with a chorus and a collector (ghostly cousins perhaps or kindred ghosts or genealogists extraordinaire), inhabit Becca Jensen's AMONG THE DEAD: AH! AND AFTERWARD YES!. The family's home rests on the foundations of English and classical literature; the lilt and language of which seep through the floorboards and into the air they breathe. Reading becomes the basis for living. Imagination mingles seamlessly with reality. Interpretation is the main form of play, and the play, dear sirs, is the thing.
Mary Jo Bang calls Jensen's book "a feat of innovation" and Kerri Webster says it "is an ode to how what we read infiltrates at the cellular level, re-writing us." In selecting the book, NOS contest judge Sarah Shun-lien Bynum writes that AMONG THE DEAD: AH! AND AFTERWARD YES! "reminds us of the family that, through the act of reading, we come home to.