Word Problems

October 6, 2020|
Word Problems by Ian Williams
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From Ian Williams, author of Reproduction, winner of the Giller Prize and a June 2020 Indie Next Great Read

Frustrated by how tough the issues of our time are to solve - racial inequality, our pernicious depression, the troubled relationships we have with other people - Ian Williams revisits the seemingly simple questions of grade school for inspiration: if Billy has five nickels and Jane hasthree dimes, how many Black men will be murdered by police? He finds no satisfaction, realizing that maybe there are no easy answers to ineffable questions.

Williams uses his characteristic inventiveness to find not just new answers but new questions, reconsidering what poetry can be, using math and grammar lessons to shape poems that invite us to participate. Two long poems cut through the text like vibrating bass notes, curiosities circle endlessly, and microaggressions spin into lyric. And all done with a light touch and a joyful sense of humour.

Ian Williams is the author of the Giller Prize-winning novel Reproduction . His last poetry collection Personals was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. His short story collection, Not Anyone''s Anything, won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short ficti...
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Title:Word Problems
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:96 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.36 in
Shipping dimensions:96 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.36 in
Published:October 6, 2020
Publisher:Coach House Books
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781552454145

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