Against The Dark: Road Poems

Benger and Sheldon team up for this split investigating the power of life on the road, with the focus of high beams on country roads and the squealing tires of sudden veering, these poems will take you for a ride you won’t want to end.

This book is available for pre-sales. Books will ship in March 2019.



Little Fires Hiding!

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“Jason Baldinger and James Benger’s Little Fires Hiding offers glances into alternate realities, into what might have been, not only for Baldinger and Benger, but the assortment of working class characters who occupy their world. To use a phrase from one of Baldinger’s pieces in the collection, they are birds who’ve contemplated the higher branches of the tree, probably more than a few times. Like many of us, they never quite get there, but their poems do, and like the sunlight, they cast a certain amount of beauty on the respective cities that these these two gifted poets, choose, quite happily, to call home and even though they’re separated by many miles, they come together seamlessly.”

John Dorsey, Author of Damsels in Detroit

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You’ve Heard It All Before Release Party

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Please come join us for the official release party for my new chapbook, “You’ve Heard It All Before.” I’ll be reading a bunch of new stuff, selling and signing books and talking with fellow poetry fans. I’m extra excited to be joined by GigaPoem’s Doug Sheilds and Molly Sroges!


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Eureka Springs, AK

You’ve Heard It All Before

I am thrilled to announce that I’m now taking orders for my second solo chapbook of poetry. The book is called “You’ve Heard It All Before.” It’s a collection of sixteen standalone poems, many of which continue some of the themes found in my last chapbook, “As I Watch You Fade.” Like the last one, it’ll run you $5, plus an addition $2 for shipping, or you can get one from me in person. You can contact me via Facebook or

I’ll be reading at the following events:

Poetry Fair 2017
April 15 1:30-5 pm
Lawrence Arts Center
Lawrence, Kansas

July 28 7-10 pm
Downtown Neon Gallery
Kansas City, Missouri

I’ll also be attending the 2017 KC Poetry Throwdown.
April 21-23
Prospero’s Books
Kansas City, Missouri
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Recession In Neverland


Late last year I was invited to contribute to a book that would center around the surreal artistic photography of Timm Wherry. Of course I jumped at the chance. I, like the other poets participating were supplied with one of Mr. Wherry’s photographs and asked to write a poem about or inspired by the picture. Me being me, I wrote nine poems based on my pic (I had initially challenged myself two write thirty). I narrowed my nine down to four and sent it them off to Chris Lance at Paladin Knight Publishing, hoping that maybe one of my poems would be good enough. A month or so later when the book was officially announced, I was astounded to learn that the picture I had written about was also the cover.

About a week later, my contributor copy had made it’s journey from Paladin Knight’s offices in New Jersey to my mailbox in suburban Kansas City. I tore into the package and was astounded to learn that not one, but two of my poems were printed, and they were the first in the book. After that shock wore off, I realized that not only was I sharing book space with some astounding photography, but the pages were populated by so many names in poetry that I admire; John Dorsey, Jameson Bayles, Shawn Pavey, Jeanette Powers…I could go on for a while.

I suppose what I’m getting at here is, I’m extremely proud to be a part of this stunning collection, and I urge everyone to check it out. If your local indie bookstore can’t get a copy to you (and that’s probably not the case), I’ve supplied a link below to the Amazon listing.