Missing You, Metropolis


Winner of the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize

The exploits you find in my comics

are no more probable

than snow in Sunnyvale.

I?m not as black as you dream.

                     ?from ?Luke Cage Tells It Like It...

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Winner of the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize

The exploits you find in my comics

are no more probable

than snow in Sunnyvale.

I’m not as black as you dream.

                     —from “Luke Cage Tells It Like It Is

With humor and the serious collector’s delight, Gary Jackson imagines the comic-book worlds of Superman, Batman, and the X-Men alongside the veritable worlds of Kansas, racial isolation, and the gravesides of a sister and a friend.

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“Gary Jackson’s Missing You, Metropolis embodies a voice uniquely shaped and tuned for the twenty-first century. Playful, jaunty, rueful, and highly serious—sometimes within a singular poem—this persona has been forged in the caldron of popular iconography, especially in the culture of the comic book. Anything is possible in such created time and space; immediate tension exists in a climate where otherworldly figures are defined by earthly matters and concerns. The funny-book world is a perfect landscape for innuendo and signification, and Jackson uses these aptly. This first collection of poems is gauged by a sophisticated heart.” —YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA, from the Introduction
Library Journal
Kansas-born Jackson's first collection of poems was awarded the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize prior to publication. The poet envisions the comic book worlds of Superman, Batman, and the X-Men juxtaposed with the realities of his own native state.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555975722
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,399,513
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Jackson was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. He received his M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico and has taught in Albuquerque and in Anyang, South Korea.

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