He’s written countless poems about her, hoping that they will bridge their distance—all seven thousand miles.
Alexander Bentley has published dozens of poems on social media about his long-distance girlfriend, Jesa, who lives in the Philippines. Because of lockdowns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple won’t be able to meet again anytime soon.
The forty-one-year-old self-taught poet, who resides in Phoenix, Arizona, was one of the first poets to begin sharing their work on social media way back in 2014. From an obscure Instagram page, Bentley’s is now one of the most popular Instapoetry accounts to follow (you can find him here). He also has a wide following on Facebook. Bentley has since grown his social media following to over 350,000 followers worldwide. He has published four books, most notably The Raven Redux & Other Poems, which pays a haunting tribute to his all-time favorite writer and poet, Edgar Allan Poe. He is such a hardcore Poe fan that he purchased and still owns a rare first-edition first printing of “The Raven” poem, initially published in 1845 in The American Review publication.
Bentley’s other works include Eversleep: The Beauty of Dark Silence, A Poet’s Manifesto, and The Black Mirror: A Book of Sayings.
His most famous poem, “She Called Me Night,” has been read by more than 5 million people on social media. But even with the success of his “Night” poem, he has not stopped writing and sharing new poems every day with his growing number of international fans.
In Bentley’s pursuit to spread his poetry far and wide in the last few months, he passed up many notable poets on Facebook, including R. H. Sin and R. M. Drake (both New York Times bestselling authors) and Rudy Francisco (2010 Individual World Poetry Slam champion).
What draws so many people to Bentley’s works is his ability to pen his innermost thoughts and feelings in a way that is so relatable and the way he writes about subjects that truly resonate with his following. Bentley receives many messages and comments from avid readers who say that he’s captured what they’re feeling. He says that his poems have been well received even during the COVID-19 pandemic because most of them have been written about positive subjects. “I have given people hope, as it seemed the world was falling apart around them.”
Bentley often writes about love, as he often draws inspiration from his girlfriend, who is his muse. People also enjoy reading his love and romance poems because they give people hope and let them know that true love exists.
He will self-publish his 5th book titled She Called Me Night later this year, based on his most popular poem. His new book will come in two versions: a photo edition that contains the visually appealing images he creates with his poems and a regular edition that only contains the words to his poems. Both will be available on major online retailers, including Amazon and Amazon Kindle.
His latest project was brought about by the demand of his fans to publish his new poetic compositions in book format.
Bentley also carefully crafts some of the images for his poems, which contain words mashed up with a simple drawing or colorful illustration. The drawings link back to the poem’s text in some way, which provides readers with a deeper visceral experience.
When their countries open their gates and allow travel again, Bentley hopes to see his muse and finally be with her forever.