Jen Benka

A Revisioning of the Preamble…, trade

Jen Benka

A Revisioning of the Preamble…, trade



Edition Size



Letterpress, Xerox




Artist Book


8.5 × 5.5 in


New York, NY


Booklyn, Inc.

$ 15.00


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Brown University, John Hay Library

Long Island University (LIU)

The National Poetry Library, UK

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

University of Washington Libraries

NYC poet Jen Benka wrote one poem for each of the fifty-two words in the nation’s preamble to the Constitution in an effort to examine, expose, and rewrite the document one word at a time.

The Preamble book, designed by artist Mark Wagner, offers handy index tabs and sports hand-sewn bindings and letterpress-printed covers. Wagner’s artist books have been collected by museums and libraries from sea to shining sea and exhibited in New York both by the Brooklyn and Metropolitan Museums.

Jen Benka lives in New York City and is the managing director of Poets & Writers, Inc. She has published work in So To Speak, Off Our Backs, Ms. Magazine, The Progressive, and on and La Petite Zine. She has received grants from the Poetry/Film Workshop, Xeric Foundation, and Intermedia Arts, and was awarded a 2001 poetry fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board. She co-organized a 24-hour reading of the complete poems of Emily Dickinson, which took place in June 2002 in New York City.

Letterpress print cover with hand-sewn binding. 8.5×5.5.”