The Book of Goodbyes

The Book of Goodbyes

by Jillian Weise
     
 

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Winner of the James Laughlin Award writes of sex, identity, and the power struggles within a deranged love affair.
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Winner of the James Laughlin Award writes of sex, identity, and the power struggles within a deranged love affair.

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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.)
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"[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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938160141
Publisher:
BOA Editions, Ltd.
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Series:
American Poets Continuum
Pages:
88
Sales rank:
903,058
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

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