Fiction writer, playwright, and poet J. J. Steinfeld’s twenty-first book and sixth poetry collection, Morning Bafflement and Timeless Puzzlement, has recently been published by Ekstasis Editions.
The 102 poems continue the dialogue with, and a questioning of, the human condition as they hover above what the author sees as the absurd, the existential and otherworldly elements of life, and the ordinary and the extraordinary spheres of being that Steinfeld embarked upon in his previous poetry collection, A Visit to the Kafka Café (2018). Morning Bafflement and Timeless Puzzlement once again attempts to make sense out the way we conduct our lives, to find meaning in our not always meaningful surroundings, to look at individuals caught in time and space and history, and in the sometimes joyous, sometimes frightening yet endlessly fascinating moments of existence and being.
J. J. Steinfeld lives hidden away in Charlottetown, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published 21 books: two novels, thirteen short story collections and six poetry collections. Nearly 500 of his short stories and over 1000 poems have appeared in anthologies and periodicals internationally, and over 50 of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States.
Steinfeld was the 2003 recipient of the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts on PEI, and his previous book, Gregor Samsa Was Never in The Beatles (Ekstasis Editions, 2019), was the winner of the 2020 PEI Book Award for Fiction.