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Resentment, lost love, remorse, and death all feed into award-winning writer William Poe’s new book Endings: Poetry and Prose. Poe, winner of the 2013 International Book Award in the category Fiction: Gay and Lesbian, returns with a new book dedicated to life’s more dire experiences. A sharp contrast from previous novels, which dealt with self-discovery and battling for a Resentment, lost love, remorse, and death all feed into award-winning writer William Poe’s new book Endings: Poetry and Prose. Poe, winner of the 2013 International Book Award in the category Fiction: Gay and Lesbian, returns with a new book dedicated to life’s more dire experiences. A sharp contrast from previous novels, which dealt with self-discovery and battling for a satisfying life, Poe’s newest work pulls at your emotions from the other side of the spectrum. An artist makes a fatal decision all for the sake of art. A forgotten woman no longer cages her rage. A gay man struggles to find his place in the world. These are just some of the many narrative elements, as Poe writes about art, death, relationships, being, and reflecting. He writes in response to his own feelings of despair and loneliness as he captures the feeling of what it’s like to be unfulfilled. The saddest times in life become prime material for this book of riveting short stories and poetry.


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Resentment, lost love, remorse, and death all feed into award-winning writer William Poe’s new book Endings: Poetry and Prose. Poe, winner of the 2013 International Book Award in the category Fiction: Gay and Lesbian, returns with a new book dedicated to life’s more dire experiences. A sharp contrast from previous novels, which dealt with self-discovery and battling for a Resentment, lost love, remorse, and death all feed into award-winning writer William Poe’s new book Endings: Poetry and Prose. Poe, winner of the 2013 International Book Award in the category Fiction: Gay and Lesbian, returns with a new book dedicated to life’s more dire experiences. A sharp contrast from previous novels, which dealt with self-discovery and battling for a satisfying life, Poe’s newest work pulls at your emotions from the other side of the spectrum. An artist makes a fatal decision all for the sake of art. A forgotten woman no longer cages her rage. A gay man struggles to find his place in the world. These are just some of the many narrative elements, as Poe writes about art, death, relationships, being, and reflecting. He writes in response to his own feelings of despair and loneliness as he captures the feeling of what it’s like to be unfulfilled. The saddest times in life become prime material for this book of riveting short stories and poetry.

49 review for Endings: Poetry and Prose

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kat Kennedy

    Endings: Poetry and Prose is a brutally honest book by award-winning author, William Poe. As the title implies, it is a book dealing with the end of things. Suicide, death, career, hope, dreams – all are examined in an existential longing to have a place in the world. The book is dark, but underneath there lies a ray of hopefulness that perhaps life, with its many disappointments and uncertainties might yet yield something beautiful. The prose and poetry in the book examines the alienation of th Endings: Poetry and Prose is a brutally honest book by award-winning author, William Poe. As the title implies, it is a book dealing with the end of things. Suicide, death, career, hope, dreams – all are examined in an existential longing to have a place in the world. The book is dark, but underneath there lies a ray of hopefulness that perhaps life, with its many disappointments and uncertainties might yet yield something beautiful. The prose and poetry in the book examines the alienation of those who feel different from family and schoolmates – those who feel “other.” The themes center around coming to terms with one’s sexual orientation, but reach far beyond that aspect of humanity. Anyone who has ever felt the struggle to discover a personal identity will identify with the work of William Poe. His writing is at times heartbreaking, but the book leaves the reader feeling that all is not lost, that with each ending is a new beginning, and perhaps with self-reflection, that beginning is just around the next bend in the road. The themes were well established in each section and the poetry and prose complemented each other. It is evident that Poe is a writer of great talent. This is a deep book by a writer willing to lay the soul bare – a rare find.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    I am a complete poetry buff, so I wansn't entirely sure whether this book was for me until I started it - I think it takes a great deal of skill to make a cohesive text of poetry and prose. William Poe does, in a way that is brilliantly unique to this piece. The mixture of the two works perfectly throughout, serving both to create balance and poignantly disturb it in places. Perfectly done. The cover of this book is very telling: it is bleak, it is dark, but there is so much beauty in the shadow. I am a complete poetry buff, so I wansn't entirely sure whether this book was for me until I started it - I think it takes a great deal of skill to make a cohesive text of poetry and prose. William Poe does, in a way that is brilliantly unique to this piece. The mixture of the two works perfectly throughout, serving both to create balance and poignantly disturb it in places. Perfectly done. The cover of this book is very telling: it is bleak, it is dark, but there is so much beauty in the shadow. Deeply private issues are publicised and played with, truly sensitive subjects are broached, and it still remains beautifully detached from self-indulgent poetic culture. I would absolutely recommend this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Glasgow

    Dark and sometimes demeaning, but mostly clever and evil, this is a magnificently planned out book of poetry and short stories. William Poe is a writer with a talent for getting into the dark minds of the characters he writes about. The first two chapters, "Art" and "Death", were by far my favorites, but I enjoyed the book from front to back. I liked that some of the poetry following the shorts stories tied in with the preceding story. I was most mesmerized by the poems connected with "The Origin Dark and sometimes demeaning, but mostly clever and evil, this is a magnificently planned out book of poetry and short stories. William Poe is a writer with a talent for getting into the dark minds of the characters he writes about. The first two chapters, "Art" and "Death", were by far my favorites, but I enjoyed the book from front to back. I liked that some of the poetry following the shorts stories tied in with the preceding story. I was most mesmerized by the poems connected with "The Origin Of The Cowboy Poem." They were so visual and telling, keeping you hooked until the final word.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ron Capshaw

    In this skillful entry that even readers unenamoured of poetry will appreciate, Poe performs the duty required of being a poet by making every word count. He ties together these poems and short stories concerning rage, alienation, and overall hopelessness with the universal theme of trying to find one's place in an uncaring world. In this skillful entry that even readers unenamoured of poetry will appreciate, Poe performs the duty required of being a poet by making every word count. He ties together these poems and short stories concerning rage, alienation, and overall hopelessness with the universal theme of trying to find one's place in an uncaring world.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Candy Borjas

    From life and longing this book is a beautifully collection of writing. I did not think this was this book was for me but I was quickly proven wrong. The artwork for is simply gorgeous. "Death" and "Missing the Mark" were two of my favorite pieces. From life and longing this book is a beautifully collection of writing. I did not think this was this book was for me but I was quickly proven wrong. The artwork for is simply gorgeous. "Death" and "Missing the Mark" were two of my favorite pieces.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erinn Hill

    I received this for free from a Goodreads giveaway. I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I like that it seems to push boundaries into a little "darker" territories, for lack of a better word, and that it doesn't shy away from topics like death, religion, racism, homophobia, or suicide. I really did appreciate most of the poems in the book that dealt with these topics. My favorite was "Missing the Mark" and I also enjoyed "On a Day Long Ago" and "New Roads". I think Poe has a ta I received this for free from a Goodreads giveaway. I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I like that it seems to push boundaries into a little "darker" territories, for lack of a better word, and that it doesn't shy away from topics like death, religion, racism, homophobia, or suicide. I really did appreciate most of the poems in the book that dealt with these topics. My favorite was "Missing the Mark" and I also enjoyed "On a Day Long Ago" and "New Roads". I think Poe has a talent for poetry and I felt connected to and intrigued by many of his pieces. On the other hand, the prose was not my favorite. It felt more impersonal than his poetry and I had a difficult time connecting with or caring about the characters, even though I wanted to find them compelling. Ii also found the treatment of mental illness and suicide in some of the pieces to be disturbing (in a shock value way as opposed to a haunting way) and problematic. Overall, the pieces of poetry that I did enjoy did not redeem the book as a whole for me. 2.5/5

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Flaugher

    It's only fitting that I finished a book called "Endings" on December 31st. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this and it rekindled my love for poetry. The overall atmosphere of most of the prose and poetry was dark, but pleasantly so. In other words, I wasn't left utterly depressed about life after reading it. *I was lucky enough to have won this through a Goodreads giveaway. It's only fitting that I finished a book called "Endings" on December 31st. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this and it rekindled my love for poetry. The overall atmosphere of most of the prose and poetry was dark, but pleasantly so. In other words, I wasn't left utterly depressed about life after reading it. *I was lucky enough to have won this through a Goodreads giveaway.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Miss Kitten’s Corner

    Even though I am not a big fan of poetry, I enjoyed reading William Poe's poetry. I enjoyed most were the mini short stories. They weren't predictable (which is a good thing), they were actually quite impressive and great! I loved his writing. Hope to see more of that in the future. Even though I am not a big fan of poetry, I enjoyed reading William Poe's poetry. I enjoyed most were the mini short stories. They weren't predictable (which is a good thing), they were actually quite impressive and great! I loved his writing. Hope to see more of that in the future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    H.R.

    Poe knows his poetry and I want to read more. I was not huge on his prose, but I love his poetry. The poems in this book have some awesome flow and draw emotion that bring back memories. Won through a Goodreads giveaway.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gayle

    Even though this book is about endings some dark and death related, some are relationship endings, it is an interesting read. Some take your breath away. It is not depressing but maybe more understanding what was written. I got this for free in a Goodreads Giveaway.

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