Seth Abramson of the Huffington Post is calling Jillian Weise's The Book of Goodbyes (BOA, 2013) "unflinching and profoundly relevant poetry ... a take on alienation that implicitly indicts all of us." According to the review, Weise's new collection is one that "helps teach us how to live better ... not by positing the poet's effusions as normative but by seizing upon so many of the strangenesses we live in and through." Weise... is at her best when her verse is least adorned ... Her romantic poems are, given their inspiration, suitably frustrated, urgent, and compassionate..." She does well to balance her writing with neither "sentiment nor...mawkishness." Compared to Kenneth Fearing, Weise's verse escapes the stereotypes of realism "through concision and clear sight." Abramson admits, "I won't ruin the endings ...except to say that they almost made me weep, and it's been a long time since poetry has meant that to me ... Jillian Weise has earned from me [a] degree of trust; out of the many thousands of poets whose work I've ever read, and the many hundreds I'm delighted to read each year, Weise's compassionate and uncompromising intellect distinguishes itself." Delighted with Weise's ability to connect her writing to the reader, Abramson goes on to say "I know that I take the greatest pleasure from [Weise's poetry], and will continue to do so in reading the poet's undoubtedly numerous future collections ... I thank Jillian Weise for that incredible and abiding pleasure, and I anticipate that many thousands of others will light upon this same pleasure, with this same poet, in the years ahead." Click here to read the full Huffington Post review. Newly printed copies of The Book of Goodbyes are available now at the BOA Bookstore.
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