Still Life (Abridged / Hardcover)

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Still Life has been named a best book of the year by NPR and Time magazine. Longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award.

Confronted with a terminal cancer diagnosis, Jay Hopler--author of the National Book Award-finalist The Abridged History of Rainfall--got to work. The result of that labor is Still Life, a collection of poems that are heartbreaking, terrifying, and deeply, darkly hilarious. In an attempt to find meaning in a life ending right before his eyes, Hopler squares off against monsters real and imagined, personal and historical, and tries not to flinch. This work is no elegy; it's a testament to courage, love, compassion, and the fierceness of the human heart. It's a violently funny but playfully serious fulfillment of what Arseny Tarkovsky called the fundamental purpose of art: a way to prepare for death, be it far in the future or very near at hand.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781952119378
ISBN-10: 1952119375
Abridged: Yes
Publisher: McSweeney's
Publication Date: June 7th, 2022
Pages: 63
Language: English