A Romantic Mann

“Mann is nothing less than the gay epic poet of our age. The ease with which he expresses the quotidian, the mythic, the timeless and the ineffable is unrivaled. These poems are heart-rendingly beautiful in their coupling of tenderness and strength, their historical and psychological breadth.”
—Trebor Healey, author of Sweet Son of Pan, Faun and A Horse Named Sorrow

“A tough, sweaty scent of maleness mingles with the bittersweet sense of loss in Jeff Mann’s sexy new book, A Romantic Mann. His voice is tender, confident, intelligent, and engaging. His poems are the utterances of a man at the vantage point of what seems to be the middle age of a life lived gracefully, of one secure in his own skin. Whether recalling hairy chests, hairy thighs, hairy asses or evoking his childhood and his current life in Appalachia or attending to the state of the world, Mann is an urbane observer with a luscious language at his bidding. A tour de force, this is a book I dare anyone not to fall in love with.”
—Jim Elledge, author of H

“At once monstrous and tender, passionate and chilling, Jeff Mann’s A Romantic Mann marries Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red to Walt Whitman’s “Body Electric.” What results is a book that is, at its core, a set of love poems penned by a well-traveled heart, a grand collection full of personal and political light and dark. We may flinch at the ugliness of love, and sometimes at life itself, preferring instead to cling to lofty ideals, but Mann’s poems do not budge. This is his masterpiece.”
—Bryan Borland, editor of Assaracus

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