“The Butler’s Life” and “Moon Park” appeared in Posit 19 along with a bunch of other talented writers including Elizabeth Robinson, Mathew Cooperman, and Tongo Eisen-Martin. In their introduction to the issue, Posit editors wrote, “Jefferson Navicky’s bracingly original yet understated tales flicker between the surreal and the recognizable. ‘The Butler’s Life’ depicts an unexpected and yet recognizable servitude, considering how much we will sacrifice to avoid abandoning another post. And the dark fairy tale, ‘Moon Park,’ contemplates what we will do to ‘smell all the smells under the smells,’ and ‘hear what’s really there.’”
In The Book of Transparencies, the narrator discovers a book in a community college library that changes his life. With increasing intensity, he traces both story and author through New York, Paris, Italy, and Berlin, arriving finally in Maine where the author disappeared decades ago. Part epic love story, part detective novel, The Book of Transparencies is an archive of a man's life, which comes to include the narrator himself. Its pages speak to the permeable, intersecting nature of our memories, and the efforts we make to bring the pieces into wholeness. Order now from KERNPUNKT Press. The book will be available in December 2018.
Jefferson read with fellow poets Annie Seikona, Gary Lawless, and Steve Luttrell. It was a beautiful night in the Longfellow Garden. (photo by Krista Heatley)
(photo by Natasha Rubanov, courtesy of Rob Lieber)
Jefferson has been named a finalist for a Maine Literary Award in both the Short Works Competition in Fiction & the Short Works Competition in Poetry. The awards will be announced live at SPACE Gallery in Portland on June 14th at 7pm.