At the center of Tough Luck is a poem about the ill-fated I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis and its disastrous collapse, which killed 13 people and injured 145. The freighted, swiftly moving poems in Tough Luck crisscross the chasm between peril and safety as if between opposing riverbanks, revealing a frequently heart-stopping view of the muscled waters below. Marriage, family, home--all come crashing down, but Todd Boss rebuilds with his trademark musicality and "a reverent gusto for representing the tactile aspects of human life" (Tony Hoagland).
Todd Boss is the author of the poetry collections Yellowrocket and Pitch, both honored by the Midwest Bookseller's Choice Award. He is the founding artistic director of Motionpoems, a film company in Minneapolis.
Jim Moore is the author of seven books of poetry, including Invisible Strings and Underground: New and Selected Poems. His poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, and The Paris Review. He lives in Minneapolis and Spoleto, Italy.