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Todd Boss
W. W. Norton & Company
Hardcover, 112 pages

The pickup truck hit a patch of black ice and the family's vintage Steinway was pitched into the ditch. These poems pick up the pieces. Like Michael Perry, Todd Boss explores the grace and pathos of country life as he grew into and through it on the family farm in western Wisconsin. Again like Michael Perry, Boss's language is accessible and straightforward yet tethered to deep experience and wonder at the poignant themes of home, family, loss and the inner music of our lives. The thoughts and words flow light and dark like the keys of a piano keyboard. As Sherman Alexie says of Boss, "He can make any rhyme feel like a concealed weapon". This is a slim gem of a book!