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Red Sugar The torso facing east the head nearly west as if she couldn t take in the sight of her own skin and its failings its parts spilling D A Powell What is it about the poems in Red Sugar Jan Beatty s

  • Title: Red Sugar
  • Author: Jan Beatty
  • ISBN: 9780822959878
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Paperback
  • The torso facing east, the head nearly west, as if she couldn t take in the sight of her own skin and its failings, its parts spilling D A Powell What is it about the poems in Red Sugar, Jan Beatty s astonishing third collection, that brings to mind the incomparable music of Miles Davis It s just that I can t play like anybody else I can t do anything like anybodyThe torso facing east, the head nearly west, as if she couldn t take in the sight of her own skin and its failings, its parts spilling D A Powell What is it about the poems in Red Sugar, Jan Beatty s astonishing third collection, that brings to mind the incomparable music of Miles Davis It s just that I can t play like anybody else I can t do anything like anybody else, Davis insisted These poems go their own sure way, making their own fierce music, charting the fluid stages of empire slavery in the human body, yours and mine, as we rehearse our sometimes sorry but always necessary seductions Jan Beatty is the author of Boneshaker and Mad River, winner of the 1994 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize She is the recipient of the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

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    1. Robert Beveridge on said:

      Jan Beatty, Red Sugar (University of Pittsburgh, 2008)Red Sugar has, perhaps, caused more controversy than any American book of poetry since the sixties. Not that many people have noticed, but Jan Beatty's third volume got a scheduled reading at a Joseph-Beth Booksellers location cancelled back in the summer. It's caused quite a stir among book nerds and the hardcore anti-censorship types, but as is usual in this country, poetry-related matters don't make the national headlines. That's too bad, [...]

    2. Juliet on said:

      I have not bought a book of poems in years. I heard Jan Beatty read some poems from her newest collection, The Switching/Yard, and I was so impressed by her complete vulnerability and sincerity in every line, I had to go buy her books. People who know poetry in general and her poetry in particular said I should also read this, because it was incredible. So I took their advice, and I read this first, since she wrote it first. Their advice was on the money. This was incredible.It's about really pa [...]

    3. Jcat on said:

      Had its great moments. Overdone and uncomfortable (not the sex, other aspects). 2.5.

    4. Katie on said:

      Red Sugar is about class, women, and blood. Beatty, in an 2008 interview with radio station Classical QED 89.3 Pittsburgh's series Around Town, says that “class runs all through [her:] books, in terms of work, in terms of attitude towards work, in terms of survival,” and Beatty claims that this book, unlike Mad River or Boneshaker, her two previous books, tries to get inside the body, into the blood of people, into what drives them. We see these twin themes of class and heritage play out as [...]

    5. Ilene on said:

      amazing. beautiful. shocking. can't look away kind of poems. if i could write like this, that'd be my paradise.

    6. Stevie Edwards on said:

      Jan Beatty is a beast! Buy this book! Then think about how you should be a braver writer (if you are inclined toward writing your own work).

    7. Tiffany on said:

      A little bit of witty, a little bit of sexy, a whole lot of dangerous. I think this is Jan's best book.

    8. James Grinwis on said:

      hard hitting, gutsy, overt, inside the experience. An exciting read.

    9. Khadijah on said:

      I love this book. Beatty is fearless. The poems are just the right kind of messy; visceral, human, tough.

    10. Kelley on said:

      She's a favorite - so I'm biased. But this is a pretty gutsy book, as all her work usually is. She delves into the body and comes out with blood on her hands.

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