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Roze & Blud: A Long Poem
by Jayson Iwen
University of Arkansas Press, 2020
eISBN: 978-1-61075-689-1 | Paper: 978-1-68226-132-3
Library of Congress Classification PS3609.W47R69 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Winner, 2020 Miller Williams Poetry Prize

In this long poem—almost a novel-in-verse—Jayson Iwen examines the intimate thoughts and feelings of two would-be poets: Roze Mertha, a teenage girl growing up in a trailer park, and William Blud, a veteran navigating age and loneliness in an apartment he shares with an Afghan refugee. Deftly crafting distinct voices for these characters in the upper midwestern terrain they inhabit, Iwen explores the quiet heartbreak and tenderly treasured experiences of two apparently unremarkable people using poetry to understand a world that doesn’t make much space for them.

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