Dear Sal


Jeremy Radin’s second full-length collection uses as its foundation Lanford Wilson’s 1979 play, Talley’s Folly, detailing the 1944 courtship of a nurse’s aide from a Protestant family by a German-Jewish accountant. Given in the text is the fact that, prior to the events of the play, the accountant had, for one full year, written and sent a letter a day to the nurse’s aide. The poems in this series emerged from the rehearsal process of the play, in which the author played the accountant, intended as a way in which to generate a greater understanding of the character, but ended up taking on a life of their own; exploring the middle ground between actor and role, as communion between withheld desire, perceived unlovability, diasporic Jewishness, loss of faith in the body and the spaces the body occupies, and ultimately, a tremulous sort of hope.


Edited by Elaina Ellis. Cover design by Cassidy Trier. Interior layout by Ian DeLucca.

69 pages, softcover (matte), 5.5 x 8.5 inches.

ISBN 978-1-945649-03-5

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Jeremy Radin

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Jeremy Radin was born in southern California's San Fernando Valley, where he began performing in musicals at thirteen years old because he had a lot of energy and Ritalin wasn't working. Since then, he's appeared in several television shows (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, CSI, The Office, ER), movies (The New World, Wrestlemaniac, Nesting), and plays. He has studied for ten years and teaches at The Beverly Hills Playhouse. As a poet, he's been published (or is forthcoming) in various journals including Union Station, Nailed, Sundog Lit, Souvenir, PEN Center's The Rattling Wall, and Freezeray. He's toured the U.S. with his debut book Slow Dance with Sasquatch (Write Bloody Publishing, 2012) where you may have caught a glimpse of him sitting in a restaurant, aggressively eating pancakes by himself. His most recent collection, Dear Sal is with NOT A CULT. Follow him @germyradin.