Without by Meg Johnson

"Pick up this book and eat it, I mean love it, I mean eat it.” —Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket)

New from Vine Leaves Press. Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Without: Body, Name, Country by Meg Johnson, author of the books Inappropriate Sleepover and The Crimes of Clara Turlington.

In Meg Johnson’s third full length collection, Without: Body, Name, Country, strange experiences become familiar and familiar experiences become strange, as a human body, a sense of self, and an entire nation all teeter toward the verge of destruction.

In daring poems and intimate flash nonfiction pieces, Johnson portrays a world that is corrupt yet full of possibilities. Sometimes frightening, sometimes funny, one woman’s struggles with health, identity, and politics reveal universal adversity, longing, and wildness.

Reading this book is to climb “a spiral staircase in a tower full of fun house mirrors.” Without: Body, Name, Country is the book you didn’t know you needed.

"A fierce, playful, unapologetic, and morally complex examination of life. Those who enjoy memoir and poetry will find both forms seamlessly and searingly interwoven here." —Mark Leidner

"Sometimes wryly hilarious, sometimes hauntingly unsettling. Read this collection and marvel." —Anne Champion

"A ferocity that has to be read to be believed. These poems will survive, long after we are gone, and I, for one, feel lucky to have shared the earth with them." —Shaindel Beers