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The Unraveling Strangeness

by Bruce Weigl

“[Weigl’s] subjects reveal a great deal of wisdom about life. Weigl is a meditative poet without being sententious; he writes about nature and death without melodrama or pity.” –Ken Tucker, The Baltimore Sun

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 80
  • Publication Date January 25, 2003
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3938-2
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $13.00
  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Publication Date December 01, 2007
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-9516-6
  • US List Price $13.00

About The Book

The Unraveling Strangeness represents the record of a man in the middle of his life who comes back to his home after being away for twenty-five years. It is a moving reflection on the deep and abiding connections to place, family, and old friends.

Praise

“[Weigl’s] subjects reveal a great deal of wisdom about life. Weigl is a meditative poet without being sententious; he writes about nature and death without melodrama or pity.” –Ken Tucker, The Baltimore Sun

“This collection is suffused with the search for beauty, along with the lurking question of whether or not beauty can provide a counterbalance to pain.” –Leonard Kress, The Ohioana Quarterly

“Like all great poets, Bruce Weigl tries to make sense of the idiotic mix of beauty and pain in the world. In The Unraveling Strangeness, he weighs the difference between what people can bear and what they must. ‘We hide so many fears inside, so many lives,’ he says, and while his perfectly turned mid-American lines reveal the disappointments and regrets of the lost and unloved, he somehow holds on to a childlike wonder–also American–yearning after a misplaced innocence and withheld forgiveness we all deserve.” –Stewart O’Nan, author of Wish You Were Here

“Because Bruce Weigl’s poems are so plainspoken and so incorrigibly beautiful, they’re dangerou

s. The Unraveling Strangeness is a book to read and reread, all the way to hell and back. You’ll be a better American for it when you get home.” –Russell Banks, author of The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction

“Bruce Weigl is unafraid to give us the ugliest information, but the poem is beautiful. Perhaps he is afraid, but knows it has to be done for beauty’s sake.” –Grace Paley, author of Begin Again: Collect Poems

Excerpt

Oh, Atonement

Through lonely motel walls

I heard that human ah

of pleasure from a woman

with a man.

I don’t remember who I was then,

only that I was

alive again somehow,

so I sat up all that night,

grateful for whatever

noisy business they could give me,

but there was never enough,

so I entered the stream

and moved then

at my ease

with the current

and the dark

shapes of my baggage

through a winding

journey of a life

until some people

murdered the truth.


Yet this evening,

along roads

I have come home to

after the many deaths

and the many betrayals,

I can watch a giant

thunderhead

grow and form itself

like a living thing

into one corner

of our flat Ohio sky

and I can say,

This is where I’ll pray.



Excerpted from The Unraveling Strangeness

” Copyright 2002 by Bruce Weigl. Reprinted with permission from Grove Atlantic, Inc. All rights reserved.