Dissinger writes with a delicate balance of sadness and beauty that captures the complexities of life and love with humanity and tact. She instills in her audience these same overlapping layers of emotion, to heartrending effect. Sometimes Cool Things Are Terrible defies its own title by being very cool, but not at all terrible. It’s wonderful, really. Amanda Dissinger is a master of feeling.”
– CA Mullins, author of Day Drunk Blues
“Genuine and intimate, these poems are imbued with a sense of nostalgia and familiarity which makes the reader feel right at home. Dissinger’s writing is transient, simultaneously conscious of what has been, but also imagining ways to take another step forward. This collection is written with a sense of honesty usually reserved for late night conversations with close friends. Sometimes Cool Things Are Terrible is an exploration of any number of possible futures and serves as an invitation into Dissinger’s poetic world.”
– Kevin Bertolero, author of From the Estuary to the Offing
“Amanda Dissinger is the queen of cool and her writing reflects this. I wish I could give myself this book at fifteen while I was still learning how to love and be loved. She has mastered the soft love poem that still aggressively desires to be heard and validated. Her writing perfectly explores her relationship with others and herself, especially her own body and self-perception. Amanda Dissinger is the writer you read voraciously while also tweet at for boy advice and affirmation. In this book, you will find a friend.”
– Erin Taylor, author of OOOO
This is a used copy in very good condition with some general wear.
By Amanda Dissinger. Paperback. 64 pages. Published by Maudlin House, 2017.