How Do You Like It Now, Gentlemen? Poems From Mid-Life
Winner of the 2021 Wicked Woman prize for poems that focus on a woman who somehow ''broke the mold.'' In this collection, the speaker of the poems sees herself as such a Wicked Woman in that she has defied numerous conventions, suffered, survived, and. . .is able to laugh. Readers will hope there is a bit of themselves in this tough, tender woman and poet.
"Jakiela, like such top-tier American poets as Grace Paley, Edward Field, and Billy Collins, is able to write confessional poems that are equal parts ruminative and humorous, and she does it all while sustaining a gorgeous lyricism. . . . It's impossible to say exactly what I loved about How Do You Like it Now, Gentlemen? her new, prize-winning collection of poems. She writes so beautifully about such a variety of subjects—motherhood, literature, small-towns, marriage, Walt Whitman, fathers, hometowns, middle-age, Hemingway, difficult jobs – that all I know with any certainty is that this is as warm-hearted a book as I've ever read." -- Kareem Tayyar, author of ORANGE COUNTY and more.
"Jakiela is a master at weaving past and present together; at creating a seamless picture between who she was, who she has become, and who she does not remember--the self that she cannot grasp. Her memoir is like a recipe: "a proof of an exchange, a transaction between generations" Imbued with raw feelings of love and doubt, Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe is an unforgettable story from the first page to the last." -- JMWW
"Lori Jakiela is the queen of the wise one-liner. Fiercely sad and heartbreakingly funny, The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious is about the mystery of the people closest to us-how they drive us crazy and why we need them so much."