The Benjy Poems

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These eleven poems were adapted for the audio stage from a larger body of 44 pieces, collectively titled “The Benjy Poems.” They tell the story of a troubled man at odds with his arrival at adulthood who summons to life his inner child and attempts to understand a childhood burdened by domestic violence and neglect.

The poems were written and performed by Benjamin Hackman, with additional voice talent provided by: Jessica Popeski, Benjamin Reinhartz, Caitlin Morris-Cornfield, Schön Faria, Sarit Cantor, and Bradley Benninger. The audio was produced and engineered by Craig Saltz.

This project was made possible by the generous financial assistance of CUE. Poems in the series were funded by the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

Ceiling fan image by Jonathan Dunkelman.

Benjamin Hackman is a poet and lyricist. His writing has appeared in periodicals such as Canadian Literature, the Literary Review of Canada, The Canadian Jewish News, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Branch Magazine, and the Yiddish Forward. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Ted Plantos Memorial Award from the Ontario Poetry Society for an excerpt from The Benjy Poems. He lives in his hometown Toronto, where he is a student of psychotherapy and a teacher of creative writing.