Admission / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 38%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 87%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $12.35   
  • Used (11) from $1.99   


In this collection of poems, Williams employs elements of both the narrative and surrealistic lyric—addressing subjects as diverse as family, alienation, political quandary, and artistic desire—in order to craft a darkly humorous and generally hard-hitting vision of the current state of contemporary America. In the words of Bob Hicok: "This is not the misanthrope's attack but the lover's hope for something better and true: a genuine self, a sustaining culture."
Read More Show Less

What People Are Saying

Mark Halliday
"Jerry Williams is as wired-weird as the nonexistent love child of James Wright and Anne Sexton. He has been Samuel Beckett's nonexistent great-nephew since some dark day twenty years ago when basketball and then alcohol failed to answer enough questions. The poems of Jerry Williams stare at you and ask, 'If you don't have edge, what in hell do you have? Peace is death. But look, can we talk?' This poet of estrangement and panic finds ways to keep in touch; and we need that."
Bob Hicok
"While Jerry Williams can be acerbic, insightful, and imaginative, what really drives his work is his desire to see through to his nature and ours. How he is awkward, how things don't fit, where he's gone wrong and how he wants to do right—these are some of the admissions of these poems. And though everyone is held to task here, often scathingly, I always have the sense that this is not the misanthrope's attack but the lover's hope for something better and true: a genuine self, a sustaining culture. 'I believe in a world that remains just out of earshot,' he writes, and it is that world he seeks to admit us to through these wonderful poems."
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887485220
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2010
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

JERRY WILLIAMS was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. His first collection of poems, Casino of the Sun, was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2003. His poetry and nonfiction have appeared in numerous magazines including American Poetry Review, Pleiades, Tin House, and Witness. He lives in New York City and teaches creative writing at Marymount Manhattan College.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Behold the Father
I Think I Know Her Name
Gallery Day with Sean
Flying United
Imaginary Family Vacation
The Meanest Buddhist I Ever Met

Jimmy Huber's Jeremiad
Menstruation Blues
From a Travel Brief
Love and Oncology
A New Doctrine
Harry and Bess
Gem City
Poem for My Godson
Painkiller Nightmare

The Guy Who Read Before Bob
The Tonight Show
Exegesis of a Hard Case
Confessions of a L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Poet
A Burden
Bed, Bath, and Beyond

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)