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In the Spotlight: Jillian Weise

Jillian Weise, author of the forthcoming The Book of Goodbyes (BOA, Fall 2013), is already receiving praise for her new poetry collection in an NPR Books 2013 poetry preview: "...make sure to check out The Book of Goodbyes by Jillian Weise, whose debut, The Amputee's Guide to Sex, was that and much more. This second collection is a swirling set of love poems to a beloved as omnipresent as he is illusive." Winner of the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, The Book of Goodbyes speaks to a certain deranged love that throws into question sex, legality, gender-politics, disability, and the end of an affair. The book shifts between lyric and narrative, hyper-realism and magical realism, fact and fiction, and is organized like a play with Act I, Intermission, Act II, and Curtain Call. For more Weise, check out her recent feature in Voltage Poetry, as she creatively sheds new light on "Catullus 37" under the persona of "Ray Bradbury." Image courtesy of
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