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 I was very pleased to find Tyrone Williams's Pink Tie 

in the mailbox a few weeks back, recently published by

Brent Cunningham and Neil Alger's inimitable Hooke Press.

An elegiac prose rumination on friendship, calcified figures 

of masculinity, and the complexity of loss, Pink Tie acts as a timely 

investigation into the tragic afterlife of largely heterosexual figures 

of friendship. A eulogy of sorts for his friend Peter Ross (who sadly 

committed suicide in 2002, shortly before the release of Williams's 

first book of poetry, the massively influential c.c.), Williams's 

investigation of friendship is fittingly as much a study of race 

and class and gender and the ways loss informs our understanding of joy.


Michael Cross, The Disinhibitor, July 11 2011




Quick last note: read PINK TIE by Tyrone Williams on the aeroplane. What an emotional, quick, real and beautifully made book. --Bhanu Kapil, Was Jack Kerouac A Punjabi?, July 16 2011


I loved Dana Ward’s Typing

 Wild Speech and Tyrone Williams’ Pink Tie, recent    chapbooks that each deal with a friend’s suicide,

 written in  Cincinnati, and published in San Francisco,

 by Summer BF  Press and Hooke Press,

 respectively.--Christopher Higgs What is Experimental Literature? Five Questions: Dodie Bellamy




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Title:Pink Tie

Author(s):Nicholas Hutcheson

Source:Broken Pencil. .52 (July 2011): p44. From Literature Resource Center.

Document Type:Book review, Brief article

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Pink Tie

Tyrone Williams, 32 pgs, Hooke Press, hookepress.com, $10

Named after the 17th century scientist Robert Hooke, Hooke Press is run by Neil Alger and Brent Cunningham and based out of Oakland, California.

Tyrone Williams' short story chapbook Pink Tie is part treatise on modern masculinity and part elegy to a friend. Sparked by the finding of the story's namesake tie in a closet, the story moves chronologically through the 20year friendship of writers Peter Ross and Williams (although the letters from the narrator are marked with a blank name.) The story reviews the two friends' correspondence, while, as Don DeLillo suggests all plots tend to do, the narrative moves deathward.

A poet and professor of literature, Williams is particularly interested in situating masculinity in place and time. In this case, that's the contemporary Midwest and this precise positioning ensures the story's success. The unworn pink tie stands as a symbol of a friendship that both protests the idea of Midwestern masculinity and also conforms to its aesthetic and cultural norms. Ross is torn between "the realm of controls and domination, of sports and clubs and locker rooms" and "the pastel-hued realm of sensitivity groups and being-in-touch with-yourfeelings-and-letting-your-feminine- side-get-expressed." As the narrator finds his role as an academic and poet, Ross is losing his sense of self and ultimately commits suicide. Just as Hooke Press has presented the story in a Spartan, utilitarian pamphlet, so too does Williams set the tone as neither intimate nor academic. This halfeulogy, half-essay is somewhere in that middle ground and that's where we lose Peter Ross.

Hutcheson, Nicholas

Source Citation

Hutcheson, Nicholas. "Pink Tie." Broken Pencil July 2011: 44+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 1 Nov. 2011.

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from Pavement Saw news blog

Poetry Chapbooks of 2011

These were my favorite chapbooks of 2011
  1. Brian Teare: {upward arrow}
  2. Mairead Byrne: Lucky (Little Red Leaves)
  3. Tyrone Williams: Pink Tie (Hooke Press)
  4. Patrick Culliton: Hornet Homily (Octopus Books)
  5. George Kalamaras: Symposium on the Body's Left side (Shivastan Publishing)
  6. Micah Ballard & Sunnylyn Thibodeaux (Auguste Press)
  7. Bob Arnold: Forever (Longhouse)
  8. Anne Bauer: Fine Absence (PSP)
  9. Amy O'Neill: Rhymes with Fever (self published)
  10. Juliet Cook: Post Stroke (Dusie Kollectiv)