Skip to main navigation Skip to main content

Tickets are available for Graywolf Literary Gala in Minneapolis on September 19. For more details about the event or to make a gift in honor of our 50th anniversary, click here

Book Title

Missing You, Metropolis

Author 1
Gary Jackson; Selected and with an Introduction by Yusef Komunyakaa
The exploits you find in my comics
are no more probable
than snow in Sunnyvale.
I’m not as black as you dream.

—from “Luke Cage Tells It Like It Is

With humor and the serious collector’s delight, Gary Jackson imagines the comic-book worlds of Superman, Batman, and the X-Men alongside the veritable worlds of Kansas, racial isolation, and the gravesides of a sister and a friend.

Share Title

List Price
Publication Date
Publication Date
Trim Size
Trim Size
6 x 9
Winner of the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize

About the Author

Gary  Jackson
Gary Jackson is the winner of the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for his first book, Missing You, Metropolis. He was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, and received his Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from the University of New Mexico and has taught in Albuquerque and in Anyang, South Korea.
More by author


  • “Jackson masters a parallel universe in verse.”—The Brooklyn Rail
  • “Echoing the framed narratives from which he drew inspiration, Jackson presents graphically-intense poems that never waver in the face of desperate situations and bad people. Everything is exposed in full color and exacting, sometimes raw, language, but with astounding empathy, showing how human the villains who inhabit those pages can be.”—ForeWord Reviews
  • “For all its disarming charm and surface breeziness, as well as the deliberate use of couplets and quatrains to mimic the formal borders that contain a comic’s narrative, this book sounds profound depths of rage, lust, sorrow, and estrangement. . . . Missing You, Metropolis heralds a new voice unafraid to embrace pop culture, and to discover in it a world at once paradoxical, desired, and cruel.”—Rain Taxi Review of Books
  • Missing You, Metropolis is exceptional.”—Porter Gulch Review


This book is made possible, in part, through the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a first-book award dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by African American poets, and by the generosity of Graywolf Press donors like you.
Back to Table of Contents