The Kickstarter went live yesterday for my illustrated poetry collection, The Bones of You. As of the writing of this, we’ve raised $625 out of the $7,500 needed to hit our goal. 8% on day one is pretty good, and we could meet this goal if the pace continues in 17 days.

The Bones of You started as a survival mechanism after the separation of my ex-wife, to document the loss, the pain from the end of the longest relationship I’ve had, the betrayal. As time, distance, and revisions came, it became also a document of my own failures and betrayals as a partner and a husband, how I survived the loss, how I thought I finally found a happy ending, but not quite.

When I got the first piece of art from Adam Scott Mazer, I was floored. What he has done with my work has been staggering. His immense talent has enhanced the power of the words, complementing them with his artistic vision.

I believe in this project. I believe in YesYes Books. I believe in Adam. We just need you to believe in us to help make this happen.

Give what you can. You get some really cool stuff if you give a lot, but if all you can give is what you would pay at a local Dunkin Donuts for a cup of coffee, that’s cool. Whatever you can contribute to this project, we will be grateful.

For more details on the Kickstarter, what the money will go to, click here.

Thank you in advance for whatever you can give.


I have a poem over in the latest issue of Mixed Fruit, which you can check out here.



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About J. Bradley

J. Bradley's is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals including decomP, Hobart, and Prairie Schooner. He was the Interviews Editor of PANK, the Flash Fiction Editor of NAP, and the Web Editor of Monkeybicycle. He is the author of the poetry collection Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), the novella Bodies Made of Smoke (HOUSEFIRE, 2012), and the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), illustrated by Adam Scott Mazer. He is the curator of the Central Florida reading series There Will Be Words and lives at

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