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“A retired pediatrician, Steckel is unflinchingly accurate, whether describing an erotic scene or vascular surgery... These poems are much more than scientific renderings of the body: They are stories about people loving, aging, getting sick, being born, and dying, and they are compassionately and eloquently told.”
– Lucille Lang Day, author of 13 poetry collections, a children’s book, a textbook, and a PEN-literary-award-winning memoir.
“Jan Steckel’s book The Horizontal Poet is a collection of 57 pieces that are direct, gritty and sensual — and an example of poetry at its best. With and economy of words, every word and phrase packs a punch, bringing sights, sounds and feelings into the consciousness of the reader… [Steckel] gets inside the experiences of those who have been isolated, ostracized or disenfranchised.”
Denise Penn, Editor of BiMagazine
The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006)
Available now from Zeitgeist Press and on Amazon.
To order a copy of The Underwater Hospital from the author within the U.S.A., please order by PayPal (Jmsteckel@aol.com) or send a check for $7.00 for each book (which includes postage and handling) made out to Jan Steckel at PO Box 18797 / Oakland, CA 94619. Please include your name and mailing address. If you want your copy signed, specify to whom.
“Leaving no room for weak sentimentality or overwrought poetics, Jan Steckel takes no prisoners.”
— Theresa Heath in BiMagazine
“Whether set in Harvard or outside a trashed van in Mexico, Jan Steckel's poems reveal the full and sometimes terrifying spectrum of the human condition. You will not forget your visit to brave patients in The Underwater Hospital!”
— Pulitzer-prize-nominated writer Marvin R. Hiemstra,
author of French Kiss Destiny and editor of the Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review.
“There is suffering in Steckel's work but also catharsis, and her willingness to wrestle with misery in broken bodies, broken spirits, and broken hospital equipment makes The Underwater Hospital a book any lover of poetry should read.”
— Critic and writer JoSelle Vanderhooft,
author of The Tale of the Miller's Daughter,
editor of Sleeping Beauty, Indeed,
and reviewer for The Pedestal Magazine.