Jack by Mike Spry
Finalist for The A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry in 2009
Jack is a collection about loss, and how its various speakers deal with loss through addiction. Whether that addiction is alcohol, drugs, sex, love, or an inability to deny the past, these are narrative poems that reconsider the method in which the desperate periphery manage the minutiae of existence. Set against the backdrop of a distilled urban landscape, the speakers in Jack find themselves lost in the bars, bottles and back alleys of their narratives.
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