Unmanly Grief : Poems Paperback / softback
Part of the Miller Williams Poetry Prize series
The men who recur as characters throughout Jess Williard's Unmanly Grief perform their masculinity in a variety of ways: boxing, theater, brotherhood, labor, and familial and romantic love.
Marked by a sharp nostalgia, Williard's poems move from Wisconsin to New York City and back, tracing the geographic movement of the speaker and his family: a teenage sister who disappears and returns, changed irrevocably; an older brother dismantled in adulthood; an ever-sacrificing father.
Woven through the musculature of this varied and exciting collection, music appears as readily in dexterous formal verse as in lean, scrappy storytelling.
What results is a crooning celebration of struggle and tenderness in this world, "where to be small and furious is enough."
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 50 pages
- Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
- Publication Date: 30/01/2019
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781682260937