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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (February 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393081036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393081039
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,320,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Boss’ poems generate their own rambunctious music and remind us ‘yes, / miracles happen.’” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

“The poems ring clearly; ‘pitch,’ they recall, is a way to fall as well as a way to sing.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

“Boss flawlessly employs subtle music.” (Christian Science Monitor)

“This is poetic form within and without that makes a true energy.” (Washington Independent Review) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Todd Boss, director of external affairs at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. His book Yellowrocket won the 2009 Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award for Poetry.

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Todd Boss grew up on an 80-acre cattle farm in west central Wisconsin. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The London Times, NPR, and Best American Poetry. In 2009, VQR named Todd's debut collection, Yellowrocket, one of the ten best poetry books of the year, and awarded Todd the Emily Clark Balch Prize. Panic, Todd's verse retelling of Knut Hamsun's 1894 novella Pan, will premiere as an evening-length piece for piano and voice in late 2012, arranged by Andy Vores. Todd is the founding co-director of Motionpoems, a poetry film initiative now collaborating with major American publishers. Todd lives in north suburban Saint Paul with his wife and children.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo D. on September 30, 2012
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How can I be the first to review this stunning collection?! If you haven't read Todd Boss yet, this volume is a great place to begin. While his debut collection, Yellowrocket, includes many of my favorite Boss poems, this volume is more uniformly strong. This poet pulls off quite a feat in nearly every piece, crafting poems which are so immediately pleasing in their always surprising sounds and rhythms that it takes re-reading to realize their real depth and reach. In this regard Boss reminds me of Frost; like Frost, too, Boss is very good at finding the grace in dailiness or the humor or pain in seemingly simple dialogue. Highly recommended.
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I had been complaining to my husband that I was sick of poems about people's childhoods, and he suggested that maybe my complaint was really with the quality. He was right. The first poems in this collection seem to draw from the poet's childhood experiences on a farm, and they are fantastic.

Music is the subject matter of several of the poems, including one showstopper about Bach's Cello Suite Number 3. Music is also the guiding principle throughout. It's refreshing to read someone with a real sense of line. This is taken to extremes with the "Six Fragments for the 35W Bridge," which employs one-word lines. I think it works: it creates a `suspended' effect that matches the material. Gorgeous sounds and rhythms throughout the book are a welcome antidote to books of poetry that seem as though they might have just as well been presented in prose.

I have a preference for poems with clear intention. You always know exactly what the hell is going on in Boss's work, and the accessibility does not detract from the imaginativeness.

The poet's wife and family frequently star in the poems, as do dogs, and some of the poems live more in the philosophical realm. Here are the titles of some of the strongest pieces, with a few lines from each, although some of these really depend upon the cumulative effect of the piece as a whole.

"The God of Our Farm Had Blades"

Merest/breezes made its rusty flower/turn and whine and shudder.

"Broke"

We broke horses, broke/calves of their mothers'/milk, broke our hands/herding heifers, broke/axes and hammers right/off their hafts, broke/bread with thanks, broke/bank accounts...
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Don't be fooled by the pavement and overpass behind the piano. These poems are out of the heartland; heartfelt, economical, funny, real, and written with a unique deftness. I read it and re-read it and will read it again and again.
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By Mr Gene on November 6, 2012
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Very well done !
The poems are earthy realistic imagery. I related with the rural life.
The book cover photo was shown in a Minneapolis Sunday paper, as less than a square inch, yet it caught my eyes like a magnet. Also, "Poetry For The Head And The Heart" is correct,
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