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Forgive Yourself These Tiny Acts of Self-Destruction

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Forgive Yourself These Tiny Acts of Self-Destruction

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Dec 3, 2019


Singer’s highly anticipated debut book collects and transforms work from his ten years as a mainstay of the NYC poetry scene. With work that ranges from the laugh out loud funny to the silence and rage of loss, Forgive Yourself These Tiny Acts of Self-Destruction is a must read. As the book unfolds Jared guides the reader through fresh takes on the discussion of body image and body positivity side by side with all too familiar discussions of mental health, anxiety and suicide. It explores the complex cloth that is American culture and New York in particular, taking extra time to examine his identity as a Jewish American and how that underpins the authors daily experience. Forgive Yourself is a modern handbook for finding yourself and your place without losing your way.
Dec 3, 2019

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Jared Singer is an Audio Engineer and poet who lives in Secaucus, NJ. While he may have physically grown up with his peers, he has never forgotten the imagination, magic, and nerdiness that were cornerstones of his childhood. He hopes to remind others of these more creative times. He has also appeared on the Indiefeed Performance Poetry Podcast. He has represented New York eight times at the National Slam level, including two final stage appearances at the National Poetry Slam. Jared has long believed in the healing power of the mountains, kittens, and lists of three.

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Forgive Yourself These Tiny Acts of Self-Destruction - Jared Singer



I only go back to where I was raised to celebrate

or mourn. It is getting hard to tell the difference between

funerals and weddings. Laughing and crying look the

same from a distance. There are long meaningful

embraces at both. I wear the same suit,

only the tie changes. We raise the first glass of the night

to a memory no matter what. The only difference?

Whether or not there will be fewer of us next time.


This is for everyone who ever thought

Gd gave me this blood, so surely if I choose to spill it,

learn to bathe in it, that must make me holy, right?

Nothing else has worked.

This is for everyone who fell in love with the let go—

who cut and cut and cut

but never gave in to the give up—

who never killed themselves.

This is for those who, at the bottom of the well,

chose to live. Thank you—

you taught me honesty in a way that teachers

and parents never considered.

I never made a mark on my own body—

instead I stood proud and

let someone else do the breaking.

Called it football,

called it dirt bike,

called it round here you take

a beating when you earn it, boy,

called it do your worst, I know you can’t

break me half as hard I deserve to be broken.

Every injury just another opportunity to learn

to love this body. After all, calcium deposits

are always stronger the second time around.

This body is no mere temple of stone to be easily

shattered. I made it life-strong one break at a time.

Baptism is the process of making the mundane holy.

When you learn that you can do that yourself,

there is no more need for the stand-proud.

You can put down the blade made

perfect by your blood. Set aside the fury

until you really need it.

I am unbreakable.






JARED (                ) SINGER

The act of naming something

is an attempt to give it purpose.

When someone wants you to be

anything but what you are,

the easiest way to start

is with a nickname.

(Motek): the Hebrew word for the masculine

version of sweetheart. She wanted me to be

more Jewish and more hers.

(Patsy): half legend, half job description.

I took all the blame. For the cigarettes, the booze,

the broken window, the fist.

I was the good kid, the one parents wouldn’t hate.

I was willing to take all the blame,

just to be a part of someone else’s story.

(Son): not given by father.

Every adult man who wants you

to be more like them will call you son,

usually when giving instructions.

If they think their daughter may be

serious about you, this name becomes

half promise and half threat.

(Marley): as in Jacob Marley,

the first ghost to visit Scrooge.

As in Jew Boy, the only way

you will be a part of our story is as

a cautionary tale, forever

wrapped in chains and money

boxes. At first, this was just a name

I assumed for a school play.

But when they see how well

you carry a burden, a stereotype,

it will remain forever yours.

(J): a shortening of my first name,

inconsequential and meaningless,

I hated this nickname. Trading

in my whole person for a letter.

When I complained they laughed.


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    I left some pieces of my heart in this book. I hope to go pick them up again later.

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