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Unmanly Grief : Poems, Paperback / softback Book


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
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9781682260937

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