Shel Raphen

is creating Marxist Poetry and Other Stuff

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* Two patron-only unpublished poems per month, some may be early access to poems in forthcoming chapbooks
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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, shipping is paused due to the pandemic, but I'll set the copy aside for you
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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. Shipping is delayed due to pandemic-related international shipping restrictions, but I will set a copy aside for you.

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About

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, https://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.
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At $300/month I will create a remastered edition of the Afterimages audio edition, with higher quality audio and editing (the original was recorded on the microphone from the free apple earbuds that came with my co-worker's phone!). Since this is not new content, I will simply work on it as a lump-sum and release the full audio edition at once to patrons-only one month early and then to the general public.
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