Robert Benefiel was born in 1970 in Santa Monica, California. He was first published when he was 17 years old. His first book, Easy Battles For Lazy Armies, was released when he was 27. The author currently lives in the Northwest and continues to write and release new works of poetry and fiction. At present count he has 13 books of poetry. His latest book, All Over The Damn Place, was a challenge the author presented to himself after hearing over the years how other authors have told him how difficult it is to write. In the matter of 4 hours each night over 4 days he had written over 300 poems and included over 200 in the newest book. Other books written by the author include, No Rooms Left, The Sun In Rags, Love Is What You Think It Is, Vote No For President, The Human Heart Weighs Nothing In Empty Space, Laugh Until The Devil Wakes Up, The Sound Of Typing, Poetastard, Fourth & Hill Is Gone Forever, and After The First Shot.
Everybody Looks Down
In this day and age, the ability for people to be distracted from who and what they are grows greater every day thanks to technology and the inundation of outside stimulus. As a result people seem to literally look both down at their phone and desperately unhappy at the same time while waiting for anything to stimulate them. The material in this book is considered to be a part of a trilogy of poetry books culminated from a specific year and a half of writing and change in the author’s life. Many of the pieces revolve around specific events the author was involved in, both past and present, and reveal a man beginning to come undone both willingly and unwillingly from his past and what he thought would be his future.
All Over The Damn Place
Written on a whim, this book was created for two reasons. The first reason was as a challenge the author put upon himself to see how long it would take him to produce a whole books worth of material. Over the course of 3 hours for 4 days the author wrote over 200 pieces, then he wrote 100 more over the course of three days to balance things out. That material was then pared down into this volume. The second reason he wrote this was in response to hearing many authors over the years complain about how they had no time to write. Often times the author himself notes that little children can often tell you a story they made up off the top of their head, and the reason for that is the lack of fear not only in what they are saying, but whom they are saying it to, and how the author found it amusing that a child can often lose that creativity by growing up and fearing the responses to it. The pieces in this book are meant to almost act as an amusement ride through a person’s random thoughts as they create. Neither following a distinct or controlled theme, the work is simply meant to exist freely, all over the damn place.
Love Is What You Think It Is
The title of this one says it all. Written over the course of 8 months, this book is comprised almost entirely of love poems written to his wife during one of the most romantic periods for the author. Written more by chance than on purpose, the poems in this volume are chaptered in a way meant to display no more than a week of their relationship, from before their first meeting to the instant development of those feelings and moments that soon follow. Always honest, whether in joy or in fear, the poems themselves often approach love in a way meant to display the importance of the word, the humor of it and the weight of it, no matter who or what the word is being used upon.
Vote No For President
Vote No For President is a book of poetry containing works written in 2010 by the author Robert Benefiel. The poems in this book range from actual moments in the writers life to more poetic stances on general ideas like love, death, humanity, patriotism and other concepts. Whether it is an homage to comic books, or a look at people who all of a sudden drop dead, or the misguided principles that go into a word like freedom, the author takes a look at both what makes us different and what unites us.