The Amputee's Guide to Sex

Jillian Weise (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Soft Skull Press
Publish Date
September 12, 2017
Pages
112
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.6 X 8.2 inches | 0.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781593760205
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About the Author

Jillian Weise is a poet, performance artist and disability rights activist. She is the author of The Amputee's Guide to Sex (2007), The Colony (2010) and The Book of Goodbyes (2013), which won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Isabella Gardner Award from BOA Editions. Her work has appeared in A Public Space, The Huffington Post and The New York Times and many other publications. Weise is the recipient of residencies and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, the Fulbright Program, the Lannan Foundation, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is an Associate Professor at Clemson University.

Reviews

Praise for The Book of Goodbyes
..".a smart and savvy ode to absences--of a lover, of a self, and of a part of the self, literal and figurative ... This is a brilliant book ultimately about connection. " --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"This book reminds us that the pain of love and loss, in the hands of a powerful wordsmith such as Weise, might just morph into passion, thrill, strength. And that love-suffering can bring us ever closer to lovability because through it we learn to connect, renew, transform. " --Brenda Shaughnessy, The Academy of American Poets
..".unflinching and profoundly relevant poetry ... a take on alienation that implicitly indicts all of us. " --Huffington Post
"Book of Goodbyes is edgy" and "in-your face. " --Library Journal
Praise for The Colony
"Jillian Weise is a troublemaker. We need more writers like her, more novels like her hilarious, deeply moving, sexy, scary novel The Colony, which is about gene therapy, Watson and Crick, excessive alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking, mortality, finding love, finding a home, finding family, and all the other doomed experiments we conduct in the hope in making a better human. " --Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England
"The Colony is howlingly funny and deeply sad. It is touching and toweringly angry. It is melancholy and lavishly sexual. It is unique--but it speaks with graceful force to everyone. I read many novels and forget many, but I will never forget what Jillian Weise has so brilliantly set down. Neither will you. Please try it. You will thank me. " --Fred Chappell, author of Shadow Box and former poet laureate of North Carolina
"A debut that should be cause for much rejoicing...The Colony is clever and playful, yes, but there's no mistaking this for whimsy--Weise's is a playfulness backed by steel. " --Michael Griffith, author of Spikes

Praise for The Book of Goodbyes
-...a smart and savvy ode to absences--of a lover, of a self, and of a part of the self, literal and figurative ... This is a brilliant book ultimately about connection. - --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
-This book reminds us that the pain of love and loss, in the hands of a powerful wordsmith such as Weise, might just morph into passion, thrill, strength. And that love-suffering can bring us ever closer to lovability because through it we learn to connect, renew, transform. - --Brenda Shaughnessy, The Academy of American Poets
-...unflinching and profoundly relevant poetry ... a take on alienation that implicitly indicts all of us. - --Huffington Post
-Book of Goodbyes is edgy- and -in-your face. - --Library Journal
Praise for The Colony
-Jillian Weise is a troublemaker. We need more writers like her, more novels like her hilarious, deeply moving, sexy, scary novel The Colony, which is about gene therapy, Watson and Crick, excessive alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking, mortality, finding love, finding a home, finding family, and all the other doomed experiments we conduct in the hope in making a better human. - --Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England
-The Colony is howlingly funny and deeply sad. It is touching and toweringly angry. It is melancholy and lavishly sexual. It is unique--but it speaks with graceful force to everyone. I read many novels and forget many, but I will never forget what Jillian Weise has so brilliantly set down. Neither will you. Please try it. You will thank me. - --Fred Chappell, author of Shadow Box and former poet laureate of North Carolina
-A debut that should be cause for much rejoicing...The Colony is clever and playful, yes, but there's no mistaking this for whimsy--Weise's is a playfulness backed by steel. - --Michael Griffith, author of Spikes

Praise for The Book of Goodbyes

..".a smart and savvy ode to absences--of a lover, of a self, and of a part of the self, literal and figurative ... This is a brilliant book ultimately about connection. " --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"This book reminds us that the pain of love and loss, in the hands of a powerful wordsmith such as Weise, might just morph into passion, thrill, strength. And that love-suffering can bring us ever closer to lovability because through it we learn to connect, renew, transform. " --Brenda Shaughnessy, The Academy of American Poets

..".unflinching and profoundly relevant poetry ... a take on alienation that implicitly indicts all of us. " --Huffington Post

"Book of Goodbyes is edgy" and "in-your face. " --Library Journal

Praise for The Colony

"Jillian Weise is a troublemaker. We need more writers like her, more novels like her hilarious, deeply moving, sexy, scary novel The Colony, which is about gene therapy, Watson and Crick, excessive alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking, mortality, finding love, finding a home, finding family, and all the other doomed experiments we conduct in the hope in making a better human. " --Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England

"The Colony is howlingly funny and deeply sad. It is touching and toweringly angry. It is melancholy and lavishly sexual. It is unique--but it speaks with graceful force to everyone. I read many novels and forget many, but I will never forget what Jillian Weise has so brilliantly set down. Neither will you. Please try it. You will thank me. " --Fred Chappell, author of Shadow Box and former poet laureate of North Carolina

"A debut that should be cause for much rejoicing...The Colony is clever and playful, yes, but there's no mistaking this for whimsy--Weise's is a playfulness backed by steel. " --Michael Griffith, author of Spikes


Praise for The Amputee's Guide to Sex

"In her charged and daring debut, Weise artfully interweaves biographical details with meditations on the history of disability and sex, laying bare the complexities of finding sexual and emotional intimacy as an amputee with a prosthetic leg . . . An agile and powerful poet, Weise references medical literature, history and poetry, speaking boldly and compassionately about a little-discussed subject that becomes universal in her careful hands." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Readers who can handle the hair-raising experience of Jillian Weise's gutsy poetry debut . . . will be rewarded with an elegant examination of intimacy and disability and a fearless dissection of the taboo and the hidden." --Los Angeles Times

"With deadpan heartbreak and powerful invention, Jillian Weise raids the border-territories between the human body and the arts, creating in her poetry a devastating imaginary space where immortal representations of face, limb and torso jostle and translate (beautifully, dangerously) into the transient flesh and bone of the perceived real world." --Josh Bell, author of No Planets Strike

"The poems in Jillian Weise's The Amputee's Guide to Sex perform an earthy, flamenco-like stomp and full-throated Whitmanesque song (the extended remix), reaching notes as daring and feeling as crushingly good-looking: This is my skin, my body and I am too / alive, electric, meat and metal." --Major Jackson, author of Hoops and Leaving Saturn

"Weise's book is fiercely and unabashedly feminist. In reading it, I was reminded in all the most complex and interesting ways of the role of the body in that troublesome triangle of sex, love, and politics: a triangle with deep implications for the feminist movement." --So to Speak Journal

"The Amputee's Guide to Sex (2007), is a bold investigation of disability and sexuality." --Poetry Foundation

Praise for The Book of Goodbyes

"A smart and savvy ode to absences--of a lover, of a self, and of a part of the self, literal and figurative . . . This is a brilliant book ultimately about connection." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This book reminds us that the pain of love and loss, in the hands of a powerful wordsmith such as Weise, might just morph into passion, thrill, strength. And that love-suffering can bring us ever closer to lovability because through it we learn to connect, renew, transform." --Brenda Shaughnessy, The Academy of American Poets

"Unflinching and profoundly relevant poetry . . . A take on alienation that implicitly indicts all of us." --The Huffington Post

"Book of Goodbyes is edgy [and] in-your face." --Library Journal

Praise for The Colony

"Jillian Weise is a troublemaker. We need more writers like her, more novels like her hilarious, deeply moving, sexy, scary novel The Colony, which is about gene therapy, Watson and Crick, excessive alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking, mortality, finding love, finding a home, finding family, and all the other doomed experiments we conduct in the hope in making a better human." --Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England

"The Colony is howlingly funny and deeply sad. It is touching and toweringly angry. It is melancholy and lavishly sexual. It is unique--but it speaks with graceful force to everyone. I read many novels and forget many, but I will never forget what Jillian Weise has so brilliantly set down. Neither will you. Please try it. You will thank me." --Fred Chappell, author of Shadow Box and former poet laureate of North Carolina

"A debut that should be cause for much rejoicing . . . The Colony is clever and playful, yes, but there's no mistaking this for whimsy--Weise's is a playfulness backed by steel." --Michael Griffith, author of Spikes