Shel Raphen

Shel Raphen

is creating Marxist Poetry and Other Stuff

14

patrons

$108

per month
My name is Shel Raphen. I have been writing and publishing surrealist poetry for the past 5 years, initially as part of the BRAVEFOLK poetry collective, and now independently. I have self-published two chapbooks digitally for free at https://shelraphen.com My published chapbooks are about cults, mental health, and uncertainty.

My current poetry work in progress, tentatively titled (E)stranged Earth, has nothing to do with cults. It is about the ways that we suppress, change, fragment, and are disconnected from ourselves in order to function in a Capitalist economy where we are required to "look employable" and "act professional." About all the times you wanted to say something, do something, change something, but were too afraid. About all the times you lied to your coworkers about your weekend. About fake smiles and complimenting customers. It's a poetic adaptation of the essay Estranged Labor by Karl Marx. It is also about revolution, and about the future, and about alienation from the world itself.

For the past few years I have released all of my work for free, because my full-time job supports me financially enough that I didn't feel like I needed the money. I still don't need the money in this moment, but with major surgery, a change in employment, and moving to a new city on the horizon, in addition to my student debt once I complete graduate school next year, I figured that I might start needing the money in the near future. I still want to ensure that I can release my work for free, but if you enjoy my work and want to support me, it would mean a lot. I don't put any tracking scripts on my website, shelraphen.com, so I have no idea how many people actually read my poetry unless they tell me personally. If you're not feeling up to that, hey, this is another way to show that you like what I do.

I often work on non-poetry projects as well. I will try to find a way to integrate those into this Patreon if they start to take more of my focus.
Tiers
Exclusive & Early Access Poems
$5 or more per month

Patrons at $5 and up will receive access to:
* Exclusive poems or other content published only to Patrons on the 1st of every month

* Early access to poems from my forthcoming chapbook, a new one published on the 15th of every month.

* All content published will be in both written and audio form

Chapbook (US Only)
$10 or more per month

Backers at this tier will get a full color physical copy of one of my chapbooks mailed to them (US Only). Choose either Afterimages or Jovian Flesh & Fauna. You will also get all previous tier rewards. Please be patient with physical rewards. When a new chapbook is published I'll figure out a way for existing patrons to get a copy.

Chapbook (International)
$15 or more per month

Backers at this tier will get a full color physical copy of one of my chapbooks mailed to them, shipped anywhere in the world. Choose either Afterimages or Jovian Flesh & Fauna. You will also get all previous tier rewards. Please be patient with physical rewards.

All Chapbooks (US + International)
$25 or more per month

At this tier you will get full-color physical copies of both Afterimages and Jovian Flesh & Fauna, as well as physical copies of any future chapbooks I publish once they come out. You will also get all previous tier rewards. Please be patient with physical rewards.

Goals
$108 of $200 per month
At $200/month I'll start recording an audio-edition of Jovian Flesh & Fauna, with one recorded poem posted to patrons-only per month, and the full audio-edition released for free to the general public once all the poems have been recorded and posted to Patreon. This would mean content coming out for 3 weeks of a month, with one off-week.
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My name is Shel Raphen. I have been writing and publishing surrealist poetry for the past 5 years, initially as part of the BRAVEFOLK poetry collective, and now independently. I have self-published two chapbooks digitally for free at https://shelraphen.com My published chapbooks are about cults, mental health, and uncertainty.

My current poetry work in progress, tentatively titled (E)stranged Earth, has nothing to do with cults. It is about the ways that we suppress, change, fragment, and are disconnected from ourselves in order to function in a Capitalist economy where we are required to "look employable" and "act professional." About all the times you wanted to say something, do something, change something, but were too afraid. About all the times you lied to your coworkers about your weekend. About fake smiles and complimenting customers. It's a poetic adaptation of the essay Estranged Labor by Karl Marx. It is also about revolution, and about the future, and about alienation from the world itself.

For the past few years I have released all of my work for free, because my full-time job supports me financially enough that I didn't feel like I needed the money. I still don't need the money in this moment, but with major surgery, a change in employment, and moving to a new city on the horizon, in addition to my student debt once I complete graduate school next year, I figured that I might start needing the money in the near future. I still want to ensure that I can release my work for free, but if you enjoy my work and want to support me, it would mean a lot. I don't put any tracking scripts on my website, shelraphen.com, so I have no idea how many people actually read my poetry unless they tell me personally. If you're not feeling up to that, hey, this is another way to show that you like what I do.

I often work on non-poetry projects as well. I will try to find a way to integrate those into this Patreon if they start to take more of my focus.

Recent posts by Shel Raphen

Tiers
Exclusive & Early Access Poems
$5 or more per month

Patrons at $5 and up will receive access to:
* Exclusive poems or other content published only to Patrons on the 1st of every month

* Early access to poems from my forthcoming chapbook, a new one published on the 15th of every month.

* All content published will be in both written and audio form

Chapbook (US Only)
$10 or more per month

Backers at this tier will get a full color physical copy of one of my chapbooks mailed to them (US Only). Choose either Afterimages or Jovian Flesh & Fauna. You will also get all previous tier rewards. Please be patient with physical rewards. When a new chapbook is published I'll figure out a way for existing patrons to get a copy.

Chapbook (International)
$15 or more per month

Backers at this tier will get a full color physical copy of one of my chapbooks mailed to them, shipped anywhere in the world. Choose either Afterimages or Jovian Flesh & Fauna. You will also get all previous tier rewards. Please be patient with physical rewards.

All Chapbooks (US + International)
$25 or more per month

At this tier you will get full-color physical copies of both Afterimages and Jovian Flesh & Fauna, as well as physical copies of any future chapbooks I publish once they come out. You will also get all previous tier rewards. Please be patient with physical rewards.