Jackknife: New and Selected Poems - Pitt Poetry Series (Paperback)Jan Beatty (author)
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Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Number of pages: 136
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
Past Praise for Boneshaker:
"'Wild girl fire' is what Jan Beatty calls it, 'that white-hot tearing' that ignites into art or self-destruction."
"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."
Past Praise for Red Sugar:
"Having mastered the art of fury, Jan Beatty does not merely write a poem, she wrenches it into being."
Past praise for Mad River:
"[Her] poems speak to us head-on, with courage and a contemporaneous eloquence."
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.'"
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