Stop Lying

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$18.00  $16.74
Publisher
University of Pittsburgh Press
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Pages
108
Dimensions
6.2 X 8.7 X 0.6 inches | 0.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780822967040
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About the Author
Aaron Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Primer, Appetite, and Blue on Blue Ground, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Ploughshares and Best American Poetry. A three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, he is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Mass Cultural Council. He is associate professor of creative writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Reviews
Aaron Smith's fifth collection is a beautiful slow dance between humor and despair that the whole school gathers around to watch. Smith excavates tenderness as familial memories are revisited, revised, and rendered new. Stop Lying centers the illness and death of the poet's mother and manages to perfect that odd and ancient kinship between grief, desire, humor, and loss. The voice in these poems pulls you in close by the collar and refuses to let you go.--sam sax, author of Bury It
At the center of these poems is the death of the poet's mother as he confronts his fundamentalist Christian childhood. With unflinching honesty, Aaron Smith flips the narrative of queer acceptance, implicating himself in his family's contract of lies in which his identity as a gay man was barely discussed and mostly lied about. What is survival left unsaid? Writing at the blistering edge, Smith asks all of us, by asking himself, to stop lying.--Miguel Murphy, author of Shoreditch
Smith poems expound a complicated and distinctly queer relationship to beauty.-- "The New Yorker"
A frighteningly gifted and complex poet.-- "Booklist"