Jackknife: New and Selected Poems - Pitt Poetry Series (Paperback)
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Jackknife: New and Selected Poems - Pitt Poetry Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 136 Pages / Published: 30/04/2017
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In Jackknife: New and Selected Poems, Beatty travels the turns and collisions of over twenty years of work. She moves from first-person narratives to poems that straddle the page in fragments, to lines that sprawl with long lines of train tracks. Always landing in meaning, we are inside the body not in a confessional voice, not autobiography but arriving through the expanded, exploded image of many stories and genders. The new poems leap imagistically from the known world to the purely imagined, as in the voice in Abortion with Gun Barrel: ""I am the counselor, /there are cracks in the barrel of the gun/there is aiming/shots of sorrow / shots of light. Commitment to a rabid feminist voice continues, but arrival has a new ring to it, with beginnings rescripted: I am a bastard./I walk around in this body of mine."" Beatty's fascination with the highway and the breakout West jackknifes at the crossroads of the brutal and the white plains of loss the body torn down and resurrected in the twenty first century.

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 9780822964490
Number of pages: 136
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A jackknife is a large pocketknife. The bend of cab and trailer. A V-shaped dive. The sharp turn of language into bastard diaries in 'Lake is a red pigment, ' pure lineage from the furnace of the word. With volcano, rail car, humor and pain, Beatty is a throne of fire on blotter-acid imagery."
--Diane Glancy
Past Praise for Boneshaker:
"'Wild girl fire' is what Jan Beatty calls it, 'that white-hot tearing' that ignites into art or self-destruction."
--Sandra Cisneros
"Beatty's lyric comes from the edge of a knife that continues to carve honest beauty from an America we learn only from gifted hands. The arc of this poet's brave heart moving through her life brings back to us the song of who we are. This is a fabulous collection."
--Afaa M. Weaver
"At the heart of Jan Beatty's body of work is desire for recognition from the birth father, the artist in prisons and homeless shelters, tales of hardcore sex. These threads tangle into an almost mythical quest for freedom and clarity. One of our most fearless poets, Beatty tends to the monsters inside her. And we are all the better for it."
--David Trinidad
Past Praise for Red Sugar:
"Having mastered the art of fury, Jan Beatty does not merely write a poem, she wrenches it into being."
--Wanda Coleman
Past praise for Mad River:
"[Her] poems speak to us head-on, with courage and a contemporaneous eloquence."
--Yusef Komunyakaa
Past Praise for The Switching/Yard:
"Remember the scene in Mommy Dearest when Faye Dunaway stares down the stuffed shirts of the corporate boardroom? 'This ain't my first time at the rodeo.' Jan Beatty could have snapped that entire table in half with the raw energy of her words. In the words of R&B vocalist Carl Carlton, 'She's a bad mamajama.'"
--D.A. Powell

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