A long poem by Andrew Weatherhead


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$50,000 is a long poem that allows Andrew Weatherhead the space to search everything—his cubicle, his relationships with coworkers and friends, and the worlds found in literature, sports, economics, and history—for something more meaningful than mere facts. What arises in these 116 pages is the pure drama of life: the unrelenting passage of time, the inevitable need to make a living, and the foreboding beauty of numbers, names, and friendship. In hundreds of standalone lines that align with Mike Tyson’s peek-a-boo style, this long poem moves like prose but sticks with all the weight and heft of poetry.

“An aphoristic meditation collaging ‘facts’ with impressions, images, memories, quotations, passing feelings, $50,000 is one of those poems that could go on eternally—reading it feels like a kind of practice. A soothing book about language, loneliness, uncertainty and the banal rhythms of existence.”

—Elisa Gabbert, author of The Word Pretty

“Humor, history, horror, and hope take flight in these fragments, evoking the tension between the completion and incompletion of reality.

—Mark Leidner, author of Under the Sea

Andrew Weatherhead is the author of the poetry collections Cats and Dogs (Scrambler Books, 2014) and Todd (Monster House Press, 2018). He lives in New York City and used to work in health insurance.

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Book Info

Title: $50,000
Author: Andrew Weatherhead
Format: 5×7″ perfect bound paperback, 118 pages
ISBN: 978-1-945028-26-7
File Under: Poetry

Marketing & Distribution

Official release: February 11, 2020
Distributor: Small Press Distribution
Book tour: Spring 2020
Study guide available for academic use
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More Praise for Andrew Weatherhead

I Love the Way He Sees the World

“I’ve long thought of Weatherhead as one of my favorite writer’s writer’s writers, which by that I mean I love the way he sees the world. Through an array of styles and tones that together tread that nebulously majestic area between imagination and emotion, humor and reflection, fact and hope, Cats and Dogs bears evidence of a voice that came prepared for anything, and one that makes the world more bearable by simply knowing it exists.”

—Blake Butler, author of 300,000,000

Amazing Leaps

“These are beautiful poems because they’re true. Andrew James Weatherhead writes poems that mock, exalt, and describe, sometimes all in the same poem—they take amazing leaps, but you never feel that the ground has shifted under your feet. His voice very calmly tells you what you didn’t think you needed to know.”

—Matthew Rohrer, author of Surrounded by Friends

100% Truth

“Weatherhead is a scientist of Eerie Truths, and his second collection is the resonant formula we need: precise interrogations of every word and every seemingly simple image—’each moment stings,’ it warns us. In Weatherhead’s poems, not just art but phenomenology hinges on these keys—image and word—and the meditative space left for us around them becomes a brutal mirror. This book is part machine, part magic, 100% truth.”

—Molly Brodak, author of Bandit

Serious About Our Current Times

Todd is one of my favorite new books by one of my favorite writers. Endlessly inventive, full of stunning lines, and somehow playful while being deadly serious about our current times. I didn’t want it to end.”

—Shane Jones, author of Vincent and Alice and Alice