Each day leading up to the April 13 announcement of the Minnesota Book Awards, we highlight one of the thirty-two finalists. Today we feature 2013 Poetry Finalist:
Todd Boss was twelve years old when his father’s pickup truck hit a patch of ice one winter night in Wisconsin and the family piano was pitched overboard. The poems in Pitch pick up the pieces, with variations on loss, homing, and the inner music of our lives. Fans of Boss’s work will recognize the family farm and the nuances of marriage and children, but this new collection introduces angels, ghosts, a mysterious twin brother whose absence becomes a haunting presence, and a portentous family dog, plus a host of music makers from the animal kingdom.
Excerpt: from “Overtures on an Overturned Piano”
. . .our hi-beams
across the gleaming bed
of snowdrifted bramble
where it lay,
moaning chaotically. . .
Todd Boss’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The London Times, The New Yorker, NPR, Best American Poetry, and Virginia Quarterly Review. His first book of poetry, Yellowrocket, was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and was named a Midwest Booksellers’ Honor Book for Poetry in 2009.
Boss is a co-founding co-director of Motionpoems, the world’s leading producer of poetry films, currently collaborating with Milkweed, Graywolf, Copper Canyon, and Scribner’s Best American Poetry, among other outstanding literary publishers and institutions. He lives in Saint Paul. Visit his website.
“Boss’ poems generate their own rambunctious music and remind us ‘yes, / miracles happen.’” — Minneapolis Star Tribune review by Elizabeth Hoover
“The poems ring clearly; ‘pitch,’ they recall, is a way to fall as well as a way to sing.” — Cleveland Plain Dealer
“[Todd Boss] can make any rhyme feel like a concealed weapon.” — Sherman Alexie
“My Love for You Is So Embarrassingly,” a Motionpoem by Todd Boss:
“Don’t Be Flip,” a Motionpoem by Todd Boss
Award winners will be announced at the 25th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Hilton Minneapolis. An author meet-and-greet and book signing reception precedes the awards ceremony, and the Epilogue after-party includes complimentary champagne, desserts, and live music by Reina del Cid and the Cidizens. Tickets on sale now. Click here for more information.
Have you read Pitch? What are your thoughts? We welcome your comments!