The Book of Mankey by Richard Pierce.
Paperback, 33 pages
First Edition, 2015
$9.00 + s/h
The Book of Mankey’s dramatic narratives tell the story of Les Mankey, a grief-stricken dentist who retreats to a rural cabin and encounters a collector of arcade games, a church busybody, and a girl who talks to a newt. In the legacy of epic poems and the Book of Job, Pierce brings humor, music, and the risk of spirituality to this chapbook, parts of which have been published in New South, Birmingham Poetry Review, Ninth Letter, Relief, and Poet Lore.
Richard Pierce is an Assistant Professor of English at Waynesburg University. Born and raised in rural western New York, he earned his Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from Texas Tech University, where he was a Chancellor’s Fellow. He also holds an M.A. from Ohio University and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois. His poems have appeared in Tar River Poetry, New South, Ninth Letter, Poet Lore, Relief, and Birmingham Poetry Review. He has received scholarships to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Image Magazine’s GlenWest Workshop, and he has served as Managing Editor of Iron Horse Literary Review and Assistant Editor of Ninth Letter.