In July, PEI-based poet and songwriter Bob Jensen will release A Sense of Wonder, a collection of 50 poems written between 2014 and the present.
Jensen had previously released three albums of spoken word poetry, and says it was time to put a book out.
In his foreword, twice Pulitzer-nominated American Poet John Guzlowski says, “Reading his poems, I feel I’m listening to an old friend talking to me in new ways, ways that make me want to lean in closer to make sure I don’t miss a single word.”
The collection focuses mostly on nature, loss and spirituality with many reflections on growing up in Northern New Brunswick in the 1960s and 70s. The cover features an award-winning photograph (Editors Choice award, CameraPixo) by New Brunswick photographer Michael Levesque, whom Jensen has known since grade school.
While A Sense of Wonder will be released worldwide in July and available at book retailers, it will first be available exclusively from Jensen’s website at firsttimesinceaugust.com.
A companion spoken word version of the book will be recorded this summer. Jensen hopes to tour Canada, Europe and Australia in 2022.