The Dead Peasant's Handbook (Paperback)

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Following the loose series of Turner's other recent 2023 publications, The Wild Delight of Wild Things and The Goodbye World Poem, this third book in this "collection" serves as a poetic guide to help us navigate the world we live in. The Dead Peasant's Handbook begins with the difficulty and hardship of living in the world after losing a loved one before allowing oneself to gravitate again towards delight and wonder. With deep dives into history, the poems traverse the wild terrain of our lives, and it remains ever-constant to the theme at the core of all three recent books--that of love and loss. The poems take their structure from guidebooks, featuring subject areas connected to the general experience of being human: war and conflict, dreams, love and loss, and survival. The book itself takes its title from an insurance industry policy ("Dead Peasants") in which companies can take out insurance on their workforce in case of loss or death--sometimes without employees knowing. And so, this book is also a commentary on the people and moments that are too often elided over and given the vault of silence, and maybe lost to time.

About the Author

Brian Turner is the author of Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise. His memoir My Life as a Foreign Country was published in 2014. He's the editor of The Kiss, and co-edited The Strangest of Theatres. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, National Geographic, Harper's, and other fine journals. Turner was featured in the documentary film Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, nominated for an Academy Award. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, and he's received a USA Hillcrest Fellowship in Literature, an NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship, a US-Japan Friendship Commission Fellowship, the Poets' Prize, and a Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. He directs the MFA program in Lake Tahoe and lives in Orlando, Florida.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781949944556
ISBN-10: 1949944557
Publisher: Alice James Books
Publication Date: October 10th, 2023
Pages: 100
Language: English


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