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The Book of Goodbyes

The Book of Goodbyes

by Jillian Weise
     
 

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WINNER OF THE 2013 JAMES LAUGHLIN AWARD

Winner of the 2013 Isabella Gardner Poetry Award

A Publishers Weekly "Best Book of 2013"

A NPR "Best Book of 2013"

A Coldfront Magazine "Top 40 Poetry Book" for 2013

“These fierce, hip, heartbreaking love poems call out to a lover who can’t be lived with or

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WINNER OF THE 2013 JAMES LAUGHLIN AWARD

Winner of the 2013 Isabella Gardner Poetry Award

A Publishers Weekly "Best Book of 2013"

A NPR "Best Book of 2013"

A Coldfront Magazine "Top 40 Poetry Book" for 2013

“These fierce, hip, heartbreaking love poems call out to a lover who can’t be lived with or without. They’re humorous, odd, and full of all the unreasonable truth of love. This book is the real thing.” —Publishers Weekly

Weise’s collection “examines the daily life and consciousness of a speaker with a disability willing to confront all taboos associated with sex, intimacy, identity, gender, and love.” - Coldfront Magazine

The Los Angeles Times described Jillian Weise's debut poetry collection as "a fearless dissection of the taboo and the hidden." In this second collection she forwards her bold, sexy poetics by chronicling an affair with a man she names "Big Logos." These poems throw into question sex, the law, identity, sentiment, and power, shifting between lyric and narrative, hyper-realism and magical realism, fact and fiction.

I've Been Waiting All Night

I reckon you were asleep with your girl
before the phone rang. Make something up.

I've been waiting all night to tell you
about the couple in post-War France,

the woman fresh in her grave
and the man who didn't like his mistress dead,

no sir, and so exhumed her, to the dismay
of his wife, who had him arrested

for the stink he made.
She was reburied, returned to the dead.

After jail, he dug her up to fuck again.
Attached suction cups and crafted

a wig from a broom. You can go now.
I'm more in the mood than you're used to.

Jillian Weise—an above-the-knee amputee with a computerized prosthetic—identifies as a cyborg and has discussed the identity in essays for the New York Times and Drunken Boat. Her books include The Amputee's Guide to Sex (Soft Skull Press, 2007) and The Colony (Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press, 2010). She is an assistant professor at Clemson University, a contributing editor at the South Carolina Review, and co-director of the Annual Clemson Literary Festival.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“Peace makes awful poetry” writes Weise in her second collection, in which goodbyes “begin long before you hear them/ and gain speed.” Split into two main sections—or acts—with Intermission in between and Curtain Call at the end, this is a smart and savvy ode to absences—of a lover, of a self, and of a part of the self, literal and figurative. Weise, an amputee, writes brilliantly about being marked as a “disabled poet;” in “Café Loop,” a dialectic between strangers, she writes, “I knew her/ from FSU, back before she was disabled.// I mean she was disabled but she didn’t/ write like it.” Big Logos, Weise’s name for her paramour figure, is “Li Po sometimes/ and Catullus others,” making cameos in varying stages of departure: “The thing about him is// he keeps being the thing. You could never/ count on him. I did.” Intermission’s whimsical, hip fables star anthropomorphic finches, and the Curtain Call’s “Elegy for Zahra Baker”—a philosophical tract on absence, presence, and pain—brilliantly examines the case of a missing person, a young girl with a missing leg. Throughout, Weise’s masterfully balanced voice transforms even unique intricacies of her experience into a way to relate to—not alienate—the reader. This is a brilliant book ultimately about connection. (Sept.)
From the Publisher

"[The Book of Goodbyes]...is punctuated with an intriguing dip into magic realism." —Charleston City Paper

"…a smart and savvy ode to absences—of a lover, of a self, and of a part of the self, literal and figurative ... This is a brilliant book ultimately about connection.” —Publishers Weekly *Starred* Review

"This book reminds us that the pain of love and loss, in the hands of a powerful wordsmith such as Weise, might just morph into passion, thrill, strength. And that love-suffering can bring us ever closer to lovability because through it we learn to connect, renew, transform.” -Brenda Shaughnessy, The Academy of American Poets

“...unflinching and profoundly relevant poetry … a take on alienation that implicitly indicts all of us.” -Huffington Post

“These fierce, hip, heartbreaking love poems call out to a lover who can’t be lived with or without. They’re humorous, odd, and full of all the unreasonable truth of love. This book is the real thing.” -Publishers Weekly

“Book of Goodbyes is edgy” and “in-your face.” -Library Journal

“Jillian Weise … is a force of nature. This collection follows up her debut, The Amputee’s Guide to Sex, with what happens when sex becomes love that just won’t go away — no matter how unsuitable the beloved seems to be. This is love poetry for the 21st century: hot, hip and heart-rending.” -Craig Morgan Teicher

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938160141
Publisher:
BOA Editions, Ltd.
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Series:
American Poets Continuum
Pages:
88
Sales rank:
1,230,153
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Jillian Weise publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She is the author of The Amputee’s Guide to Sex, The Colony, and The Book of Goodbyes, winner of the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times and Tin House. Weise has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Fulbright Program, the Sewanee Writers Conference and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is an Assistant Professor at Clemson University.

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