Tough Luck


Todd Boss (Author)

Overview | Formats

Tough Luck is funny and philosophical and wry and large-hearted, and it’s our great good luck to have it.”—Beth Ann Fennelly

At the center of Tough Luck is a poem about the ill-fated I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis and its disastrous collapse, which killed 13 people and injured 145. The freighted, swiftly moving poems in Tough Luck crisscross the chasm between peril and safety as if between opposing riverbanks, revealing a frequently heart-stopping view of the muscled waters below. Marriage, family, home—all come crashing down, but Todd Boss rebuilds with his trademark musicality and “a reverent gusto for representing the tactile aspects of human life” (Tony Hoagland).

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • Forthcoming February 2019
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35663-2
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 112 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Other Formats

  1. Book CoverTough Luck: Poems


Endorsements & Reviews

“[Boss] us[es] brilliant wordplay and portray[s] the people and landscape of his childhood in Wisconsin with clarity and hard-edged grace.” — The Washington Post

“Todd Boss charms, and sometimes instructs, and sometimes simply awes the reader.” — Alicia Ostriker

“Boss is a poet to watch, likely to prove one of the leading voices of the next decade.” — Library Journal

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