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Casino of the Sun
Jerry Williams

Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2003 • 80 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-389-9

A collection of poetry by Jerry Williams.

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"Jerry Williams writes about people 'who would offer you the world, if they had any right to it.' They are the moving targets of the world he creates in his poems, a world we all inhabit much to our consternation, resignation and occasional amusement. Therein lies the power of these poems in which we recognize ourselves for better and worse as participants in the all too human comedy of life."—Ai

"Trailer trash, the gun-toters and the laid-off, the orphaned by death or state of mind who live without ritual, who forget who they are in order to remember and start over. These are the poeple—the already damned—who get their last chance to rise from the dead in Casino of the Sun. The poems are smash-mouth, resonant, smart, sad and funny as your pants on fire, clear as the sound of a rock breaking your window in the middle of a thoughtful moment."—Steve Orlen

"Jerry Williams's poems are filled with astonishing energy and brutal insights. His language burns and blisters; his images shatter. He is like a character in a Samuel Beckett novel who knows there is no way out. His isolation is absolute, yet he tries frantically to make contact with a world he can only sense is beyond himself. Beautiful, frightening poems."—Richard Shelton

JERRY WILLIAMS was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He received a BA from Vermont College and an MFA from the University of Arizona. His poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous magazines including American Poetry Review, Exquisite Corpse, Barrow Street, and Crazyhorse. He lives in Bristol, Rhode Island, and teaches in the creative writing program at Roger Williams University.

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