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 â racial inequality, our pernicious depression, the troubled relationships we have with other people â 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 basenotes, curiosities circle endlessly, and microaggressions spininto 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...
Title:Word ProblemsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:112 pages, 8 X 5 X 0 inShipping dimensions:112 pages, 8 X 5 X 0 inPublished:October 6, 2020Publisher:Coach House BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1552454142

ISBN - 13:9781552454145

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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