Welcome from across the digital abyss!

This is a permanent mind-location of my poems, videos, and rants. You can also find information about my books, recordings, and performances.

New poetry and music alert! My third collection, “Cosmic Diaspora” will be published by the Station Hill Press in Oct 2020.

For all of the info related to the new book, see https://linktr.ee/jakemarmer

Publisher blurb: “Cosmic Diaspora is Jake Marmer’s third collection of poems. It brings together fantasy, hard-boiled sci-fi, Jewish mysticism, experimental poetics, free jazz, and dark, deadpan humor. Born in the wild steppes of Ukraine, Marmer brings his immigrant experience into a cosmic, diasporic disorientation and attempts to imagine the deep future of myth, spirit, and language. In Cosmic Diaspora, you may also find more than hints of the Talmud, Midrash, and Zohar that allude to alternative realities, some of which exist alongside our own, while others are tangled within it—or are completely unrelated, made of pure Light or pure Text.”

(You can pre-order it here.)

Aaaaand relatedly! An ecstatic inter-stellar collaboration with great John Schott (guitar) and Joshua Horowitz (keys), resulted in a brand new album of poetry-jazz-klez-avant-experiments. The record is called “Purple Tentacles of Thought and Desire” and it features a number of the poems that appear in the new book. It will be released in Oct 2020, concurrently with the book. You can follow us on bandcamp if you’d like to be notified of the release.

Here is the latest bio:

Jake Marmer is a poet, performer, and educator. He is the author of Cosmic Diaspora (Station Hill Press, 2020), The Neighbor Out of Sound (Sheep Meadow Press, Oct 2018), and Jazz Talmud (Sheep Meadow 2012). His klez-jazz-poetry record Hermeneutic Stomp was released by the Blue Fringe Music 2013. Jake is the poetry critic for Tablet Magazine. Born in the provincial steppes of Ukraine, in a city that was renamed four times in the past 100 years, Jake considers himself a New Yorker, even though he lives in the Bay Area.

Currently, Jake performs and records with Cosmic Diaspora Trio (ft. John Schott and Joshua Horowitz), a project which brings together experimental poetry, jazz, and klezmer in eclectic, fluid, and improvised manner. Science fiction, Jewish mysticism, exilic and immigrant experience, myth and ritual all make their way into performance in heady and playful admixtures.

Photo c/o of Cookie Segelstein.