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Poetry. RUTHLESS, Jeff Mock's first collection, was chosen by Deborah Keenan as the winner of the Three Candles Press Open Book Award, and for good reason: it is a tour de force of style and substance. Through Mock's darkly comic "what if" verse, we are given escapades of a risen Lazarus, adventures of The Brothers Grimm in Hollywood, and self-portraits ranging from a noxious weed to Miss America. His poems are unsparing and brutal, yet deftly written, humorous, and in the end, they offer slices of life from the full range of human experience. Mock's is a book of dreams and vignettes, danger and passion, self-aggrandizement and -deprecation. "Life is good," Mock writes in "Self Portrait Running With Scissors." Yes, it is good; we know it is. As Alan Michael Parker writes, it is "A book of splendid insurrections--of rebellion and revivification--Jeff Mock's Ruthless haunts us gleefully, with poems that read on even when the lights are off." It is a book of satisfying rewards.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780977089277
Publisher: Three Candles Press
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Pages: 92
Product dimensions: 0.19(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

Jeff Mock was born in Sarpy County, Nebraska. He received an MFA from The University of Alabama, where he was a Teaching-Writing Fellow and Editor of Black Warrior Review. He served as Assistant Editor of The Gettysburg Review for seven years before joining the faculty of Southern Connecticut State University. He is the author of a chapbook, Evening Travelers (Volans Press, 1994), and a guidebook for beginning writers, You Can Write Poetry (Writer's Digest Books, 1998). His poems appear in The Atlantic Monthly, Connecticut Review, Crazyhorse, DENVER QUARTERLY, The Georgia Review, The Indiana Review, The Iowa Review, New England Review, The North American Review, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West, Shenandoah, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his wife, Margot Schilpp, and their daughters, Paula and Leah.

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