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The Grief We're Given
The Grief We're Given

The Grief We're Given

POETRY

144 Pages, 6 x 8.25

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket

Cloth, $16.99 (US $16.99) (CA $21.99)

Publication Date: February 2021

ISBN 9781771682190

Rights: WOR

Central Avenue Publishing (Feb 2021)

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Overview

Explore the collective and personal experience of grief and grieving through themes and tropes such as relationships, love, loss, nature, eternity, and hope as a thinning, but exuberant, door

Readers call William's poetry "breath-taking", "refreshing" and "relatable to anyone". The Grief We're Given explores the collective and personal experience of grief and grieving through themes and tropes such as relationships, love, loss, nature, eternity, and hope as a thinning, but exuberant, door. How are we to learn to grieve when it feels unrelenting? How are we to adore and memorialize small moments of appreciation? How are we to shape our grief into something worth celebrating, and begin to understand the grief we give?

Reviews

"William Bortz has an impressive ability to reflect upon the genuine, often harsh realities of life with profound writing that is equally candid and hopeful." —Davis John Patton

"With their quiet intensity and graceful questioning, these verses will pull you inside yourself and out into mysterious communal joy." —Christine Jewel, Author of Fading Through

"In traditional elegiac mode, Bortz invites his reader through moments of grief and sorrow until we arrive at consolation and solace. The movement ebbs and flows toward the loss of love, people, and place with a steady hand that crafts the speaker's own sentiment toward loss without falling into sentimentality or the precious." —Ruben Quesada, Author of Revelations

"In traditional elegiac mode, Bortz invites his reader through moments of grief and sorrow until we arrive at consolation and solace. The movement ebbs and flows toward the loss of love, people, and place with a steady hand that crafts the speaker's own sentiment toward loss without falling into sentimentality or the precious." —Ruben Quesada, Author of Revelations

"Bortz delivers a subtle portrait of violence and endurance, and an intriguing work that places varied experimental forms in dialogue with one another." —Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

William Bortz (he/him) is a husband, poet, and editor from Des Moines, IA. His poems appear in Okay Donkey, Oxidant Engine, Empty Mirror, honey & lime, Turnpike Magazine, Back Patio Press, the Lyrical Iowa Anthology, and others. He is the author of Shards and the chapbook The Sky Grew Back with Clouds. Growing up, William spent time in foster care, in homelessness, and in shelters. His aim in writing is to explore how joy lives in uncertainty and mourning.