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ISBN-13: 978-1590202821 ISBN-10: 1590202821 Edition: 1st
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"A fine new anthology...featuring terrific poets...Williams is as good a prose writer as he is a poet. Get hold of this guy's stuff and read it." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Jerry Williams, has had some experience with romantic disappointment, as he details in his slightly painful introduction...This collection is split into three sections - 'One Foot Out the Door,' 'In the Middle of the Storm' and 'The Aftermath' - and it gathers many of the poems that have helped Williams (a poet himself, with two books to his name) through his rooms of anguish over the years. Happily, they're pretty great." - PaperCuts

"In It's Not You, It's Me: The Poetry of Breakup today's big contemporary poets make breaking up and even divorce sound painfully beautiful. You'll want to read with a box of tissues, a pint of chocolate ice cream and sappy love songs playing in the background." - Lemondrop

About the Author

Jerry Williams teaches creative writing at Marymount Manhattan College. In 2003, Carnegie Mellon University Press published his collection of poems, Casino of the Sun, and a new collection, Admission, was published in 2010. His poetry and nonfiction have appeared in American Poetry Review, Tin House, Pleiades, and many other journals. He lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press; 1 edition (December 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590202821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590202821
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,546,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jerry Williams's entire family, on both sides, originated from Harlan, Kentucky, a coal town in the southeastern part of the "Bluegrass State," a place of great importance to labor historians and country singers. His ancestry consists mostly of alcoholics and pill addicts, xenophobes, agoraphobes, preachers, toothless Felliniesque pinheads, veterans of foreign wars with unidentifiable diseases, attempted murderers, moonshiners and bootleggers, racists, golfers, magicians, disability royalty, suicides, freemasons, and a legion of mourners. Before he arrived on the scene, his mother and father and his two sisters moved north to Dayton, Ohio, birthplace of African-American poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar, actor Rob Lowe, and sibling aviators Orville and Wilbur Wright. Over the years, he has been an infant; a child; an adolescent; an adult; a gym rat; an undergraduate at Vermont College, where he received a B.A. in English; singer in a band named after a Sam Shepard play; landscaper; typist; bartender; delivery driver (auto parts); cashier; telephone solicitor; dishwasher; librarian's assistant; Los Angeleno; San Franciscan; Princetonian; Tucsonan (he earned an M.F.A. in Poetry at the University of Arizona); as well as a reluctant Stillwaterian, where he earned a Ph.D. in English with a creative dissertation at Oklahoma State University. After spending two years in Bristol, Rhode Island, as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Roger Williams University, he settled in New York City. Currently, he lives in the Bronx with his wife Shelby, and he is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Marymount Manhattan College. He has never visited Europe or Asia. Nor does he appreciate the Beatles, Bob Seger, or the Grateful Dead. Nor is he a true believer in the holy writ. He does, however, love children and most animals.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edwin Young on January 19, 2010
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This anthology full of wicked genius, is a must read for anyone who has experienced or watched a loved one break up or divorce. This book esp. hits home, being a child whose mom divorced 4 times & father divorced 3 times.
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This unique new collection of poetry is beyond compare. I will treasure it for many years because it will be reread and reread over the rest of my lifetime. It is that good! The poets are stunningly talented. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be in awe! This unique collection is not to be missed.

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I had Jerry Williams as a creative writing professor in college. This collection of poems is a true testament of the reality of heartbreak. The poems range from angry, sad, honest, brutal and optimistic. The incorporation of Jerry's own break up tales in the introduction shows that this book is meant to help people through a tough time.
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