The Los Angeles Times described Jillian Weise’s debut poetry collection as “a fearless dissection of the taboo and the hidden.” In her Isabella Gardner Poetry Award-winning second collection, Weise chronicles an affair with a man she names “Big Logos.” These poems throw into question sex, the law, identity, sentiment and power, shifting between lyric and narrative, hyper-realism and magical realism, fact and fiction.“SEMI SEMI DASH”
“...A smart and savvy ode to absences—of a lover, of a self, and of a part of the self, literal and figurative …Throughout, Weise’s masterfully balanced voice transforms even unique intricacies of her experience into a way to relate to—not alienate—the reader. This is a brilliant book ultimately about connection.”—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“In a world where subway cars are filled with passengers staring at tiny screens, where to like something you click something, we are lucky to have Jillian Weise’s new book of poems to take to bed, to take on the bus, to sneak into our pacified English Lit curriculum. The Book of Goodbyes is a narrative, lyric, modern, mash-up of our experience on earth.” —Matthew Dickman, author of All-American Poem and Mayakovsky’s Revolver
“The Book of Goodbyes is in effect a Book of Eternal Returns. The poems lead us through our minute daily-life distractions with a matter-of-fact candor that expands the dimensions of intimacy available to us. Ultimately, the Goodbye itself is the muse here – to leave a thing, an idea, a person, a way of life that limits your own being – and to sing for the process of leaving. Weise helps us understand that when we say goodbye, we leave something in the past as much as in the future—this book is a beautiful lesson in how to do exactly that, and in how the humbleness of doing so is in fact heroic.” —Harmony Holiday, author of Negro League Baseball
Jillian Weise—an above-the-knee amputee with a computerized prosthetic—identifies as a cyborg and has discussed the identity in essays for The New York Times and Drunken Boat. Her books include The Amputee’s Guide to Sex (Soft Skull Press, 2007) and The Colony (Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press, 2010). She is an Assistant Professor at Clemson University, and a contributing editor at The South Carolina Review.
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