“[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, homeall 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.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
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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.