Tough Luck: Poems

Tough Luck: Poems

by Todd Boss


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“[Todd Boss]’s poems generate their own rambunctious music and remind us ‘yes, / miracles happen.’ ”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

At the center of Tough Luck is a poem about the ill-fated I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis and its disastrous collapse, which killed 13 people and injured 145. The freighted, swiftly moving poems in Tough Luck crisscross the chasm between peril and safety as if between opposing riverbanks, revealing a frequently heart-stopping view of the muscled waters below. Marriage, family, home—all come crashing down, but Todd Boss rebuilds with his trademark musicality and “a reverent gusto for representing the tactile aspects of human life” (Tony Hoagland).

From “In the End a Gardener”:

is what we want in our corner

of paradise. Someone alert

to the slant of one hour

of afternoon sunlight or other,

who knows what to plant there,

knows what will thrive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393608625
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Todd Boss is the author of the poetry collections Yellowrocket and Pitch, both honored by the Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Award, and most recently of the poetry collection Tough Luck. He is the founding artistic director of Motionpoems, a film company in Minneapolis.

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