Poetry Double-header Pt. 1: Reading by Acclaimed poet Todd Boss
Join us for a Sunday poetry double-header, starting with a reading by Todd Boss from his 2017 book Tough Luck. In its review for Tough Luck, the Washington Post said that Boss is “widely regarded as one of the best poets of his generation,” and the starred review in Library Journal declared that “Boss is a poet to watch, likely to prove one of the leading voices of the next decade.”
Praise for Tough Luck
“[W]idely regarded as one of the best poets of his generation. . . . [Boss] us[es] brilliant wordplay and portray[s] the people and landscape of his childhood in Wisconsin with clarity and hard-edged grace.”
- Washington Post
“Bookended with poems about what persists and what crumbles . . . Boss's poems have a distinct―and satisfying―rhythm. ”
- Star Tribune
“Boss is a poet to watch, likely to prove one of the leading voices of the next decade. Readers may be drawn into this collection for the poems that touch on disaster and divorce, but they'll stay for the memorable verses on nature and memory.”
- Library Journal, starred review
“A latter-day avatar of no ideas but in things, Todd Boss charms, and sometimes instructs, and sometimes simply awes the reader with mouthfuls of language ‘like the clop of the walnut / block beneath the gavel of the // judge who fits the punishment / to the crime.’ Language and things, things of farm and town, of disaster and love and orange peels: he’s married them.”
- Alicia Ostriker, author of The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog
“[Todd Boss]’s poems generate their own rambunctious music and remind us ‘yes, / miracles happen.’ ” ―Minneapolis Star Tribune
About Tough Luck
At the center of Tough Luck is a poem about the ill-fated I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis and its disastrous collapse, which killed 13 people and injured 145. The freighted, swiftly moving poems in Tough Luck crisscross the chasm between peril and safety as if between opposing riverbanks, revealing a frequently heart-stopping view of the muscled waters below. Marriage, family, home―all come crashing down, but Todd Boss rebuilds with his trademark musicality and “a reverent gusto for representing the tactile aspects of human life” (Tony Hoagland).
About the Author:
Todd Boss is the author of the poetry collections Yellowrocket and Pitch, both honored by the Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Award, as well as 2017’s Tough Luck. He is the founding artistic director of Motionpoems, a film company in Minneapolis.