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A Man of Glass & All the Ways We Have Failed, by J.A. Tyler

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A Man of Glass & All the Ways We Have Failed is a man being so much other than. How the love falls out of him, replaced by beads, by water, by nails, by cardboard. Bent on a curb, blowing kisses to dead lips in that window above, a voice calling out a name, her not looking down at the wreckage. A man when there is none left. This is a love poem, a love poem that doesn’t want to be, a love poem about shattering open, about groping for what is left when there is nothing left, when subsistence isn’t enough, when we are damaged and the memories of what was are all that is.


“J. A. Tyler’s second novel, A Man of Glass & All The Ways We Have Failed, is a different kind of storytelling. It breaks all rules of traditional plot and narrative, and instead relies on its staggering language and imagery to move the reader steadily from one page to the next. Call it prose, call it a poem, call it a mirage, if it seems necessary. It isn’t. It’s the emotion that matters, the description, the different elements in the earth that they both become as a result.” —Amanda Kimmerly, Fringe Magazine

“Seriously one of the coolest prose books I've read in a long, long time.” —Tyler Gobble, Vouched Books

“Reading this novella is an experience in itself—one that requires wrapping your head around these images and trying to find meaning while waiting for the snippets of information in-between. Descriptive language expresses the longing and heartache dominates the piece. Repetition and interplay of words make for beautiful passages.” —Megan Mowry, The Hipster Book Club


J. A. Tyler has published nine books, numerous works in literary journals, and written many book reviews. He is also the founding editor of Mud Luscious Press.