Pages: 102 pages
Description: In this poetic memoir, Ryan Guth explores an old family mystery: the feud, mostly silent, between his father, an aspiring science fiction writer, and his (maternal) grandmother, struggling to keep her husband’s funeral home running after his death. These poems – in verse and prose and letters – recreate the essential conflict between the father’s desire to write and the pressing need for him to help out with the family business. The central question is the most puzzling: why didn’t he return to writing when he could have? Why did he continue to brood over the bitterness of lost opportunities?
Author bio: Ryan Guth holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Cincinnati, and he studied with poets Christopher Buckley, Andrew Hudgins, and Don Bogen. He is the author of two full-length mixed-genre collections, Home Truths (Alsop Review Press, 2006) and Body and Soul (Lummox Press, 2015), which was a featured title at the 2015 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, TN. A group of pieces from his current book-in-progress, Livings, was recently published in The Bronte Society Gazette. A part-time Joyce scholar as well, he has published and presented articles on Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. An Assistant Professor of English at Jackson State Community College, he lives in Jackson, TN with his wife and son.
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