Face Up: A Collection of Outlaw Poems (Paperback)

Face Up: A Collection of Outlaw Poems By Suzanne Nielsen, Belo Cipriani (Editor), Alison McGhee (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Suzanne Nielsen, Belo Cipriani (Editor), Alison McGhee (Foreword by)
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WINNER OF THE 2021 OLEB BOOKS POETRY PRIZE


Face Up: A Collection of Outlaw Poems is a volume of unmistakable power. Defying social expectations, Suzanne Nielsen writes "I was born in the mid-fifties with fists for hands because / in utero / I knew life wasn't fooling around." As she explores recurrent themes of physical illness, depression, and addiction, she demonstrates self-awareness gleaned from a life lived fully.


Suzanne Nielsen's poems are peopled with wry survivors attending to their lives with purpose and humor. A newly sober friend will "jingle his medallion in his pocket / and mimic a canine sense of direction." An adult navigating clinical depression will "climb into bed wearing . . . street clothes that haven't seen the streets for weeks." Relationships form in unexpected ways. Bertha from the Midway "swore to sit on them, / and I swore to watch her back, / and we became best friends for those ten days." In these poems of tenderness and grit, sorrow is always accompanied by wonder.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781732312753
ISBN-10: 1732312753
Publisher: Oleb Books
Publication Date: May 10th, 2022
Pages: 84
Language: English