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Ash (Deluxe Edition)

September 22, 2020

Cover of the book Ash
Subtitle Poems from Norse Mythology
Release Date 2020-9-22
Publisher Rebel Satori Press
EAN/ISBN 978-1-60864-141-3
Authors Jeff Mann

New, deluxe, illustrated, hardcover special edition. Includes expanded material.

In Ash, acclaimed poet Jeff Mann has created a haunting and intense examination of Norse mythology, extending from the creation of the universe to its end in the flames of Ragnarok. Here are many voices: All-Father Odin, bound to the World Tree; Thor, the protector of mankind and battler of monsters; Balder, the gentle god treacherously slain; Sigurd, killer of a gold-hoarding dragon; Brynhild, love-sick and vengeful Valkyrie; and Surt, the demon who burns the earth and sky to ash. Here are many worlds: a seething snake-pit, a burning mead hall, an open tomb, Valhalla’s vigorous feasting and lovemaking, fir forests and Nordic snows. These poems range from the speech of gods and heroes to autobiographical lyrics that use myth as an entry into eternal human concerns: love, hate, loss, death, and rebirth.

Jeff Mann has published five books of poetry, Bones Washed with WineOn the Tongue, AshA Romantic Mann, and Rebels; three collections of essays, Edge, Binding the God, and Endangered Species; a book of poetry and memoir, Loving Mountains, Loving Men; six novels, Fog, Purgatory, Cub, Salvation, Country, and Insatiable; and three volumes of short fiction, A History of Barbed WireDesire and Devour, and Consent.  With Julia Watts, he co-edited LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia.  The winner of two Lambda Literary Awards and four National Leather Association-International literary awards, he teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech.