Jillian Weise's The Book of Goodbyes (BOA, September 2013) has been placed on --yet another-- "best of 2013" book list, being named one of Coldfront magazine's Top 40 Poetry Books of 2013. According to Coldfront, Weise's collection "examines the daily life and consciousness of a speaker with a disability willing to confront all taboos associated with sex, intimacy, identity, gender, and love." Weise is a braver soul than most. Taking on such subjects, she runs head-on into the realm of our discomfort. "The poet never comes off angry, and it is exciting to watch her recurring dismissals of banality. Instead of being fed up, she is contemplative and investigative; she pushes herself to find her own comfort levels ... These poems are straightforward, meaning that they do not evade but confront our discomforts, desires, and perhaps most importantly, our agency." See Coldfront's entire Top 40 Poetry Books of 2013 list, here. Get your copy of The Book of Goodbyes at the BOA Bookstore.
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