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The stories in these poems are as sinuous as the syntax that threads them, stitching together an autobiography whose questions of gender, race, and class remain open, while the poems containing them are as strong as the steel door of time. Natasha Sajé, author of Red under the Skin, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Bend, winner of the Utah Book Award for Poetry.

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Brief History of Time promises scope and Shaindel Beers delivers. Her strong first book goes beyond the farm girl who escapes and has love affairs. This young woman writes poems crammed with the beauty, irony, and sadness of the world: crummy jobs, meanness, illness, loss, and all the perspective they bring. The free verse is crafted and the sestinas are strong narratives. As Beers says in one poem, “I try to use old words…and make them say new things.” She succeeds! Penelope Scambly Schott, author of A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in Poetry

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A Brief History of Time, Beers' first collection of poetry, is at once an exploration of what it is to grow up in rural America and a treatise for social justice. These poems, many of them award-winning, span a wide range of styles-from plainsong free verse to sestinas to nearly epic works. The characters/speakers in Beers' poems range from the rural working class to mythological characters. These poems look at the world with an honest, unflinching eye. She is one of the up-and-coming poets from Generation X we will be hearing a great deal from in the future.

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A Brief History of Time is at once an exploration of what it is to grow up in rural America and a treatise for social justice. These poems, many of them award-winning, span a wide range of styles—from plainsong free verse to sestinas to nearly epic works.

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Michelle McGrane, March 1, 2009 (view all comments by Michelle McGrane)
A unique and striking debut collection, A Brief History of Time is imbued with vivid images and skilfully crafted lines.

I look forward to the second collection.
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Difficult Snow, February 27, 2009 (view all comments by Difficult Snow)
I am always looking for poems that continue what Walt Whitman started -- poems that explore American characters, our battles and desires, our multitude'ness. Beers is one of those poets. Like many poets, she has walked in two kinds of dust -- the sweat of working class rural America and the must of academia -- and she manages to embrace and reject both as appropriate.

These poems ache, but they also laugh. I will carry the memory of the woman in the dollar store with me for a long time.

I'm also very impressed with her craft.

And by the way, what is it with that other reviewer who complains about self-promotion? At a time when poetry needs every reader it can find, it is the duty of every poet to promote him or herself. When you promote your own work, you are also promoting poetry. It's a battle, and I'm grateful that Beers is joining in.
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DebbieOhio, February 27, 2009 (view all comments by DebbieOhio)
Waste of time-- mediocre at best,plus author's endless self promotion is annoying
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ISBN:
9781844715053
Author:
Beers, Shaindel
Publisher:
Salt Publishing
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
76
Dimensions:
5.50x8.50x.18 in. .23 lbs.

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"Review" by , The stories in these poems are as sinuous as the syntax that threads them, stitching together an autobiography whose questions of gender, race, and class remain open, while the poems containing them are as strong as the steel door of time. Natasha Sajé, author of Red under the Skin, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Bend, winner of the Utah Book Award for Poetry.
"Review" by , Brief History of Time promises scope and Shaindel Beers delivers. Her strong first book goes beyond the farm girl who escapes and has love affairs. This young woman writes poems crammed with the beauty, irony, and sadness of the world: crummy jobs, meanness, illness, loss, and all the perspective they bring. The free verse is crafted and the sestinas are strong narratives. As Beers says in one poem, “I try to use old words…and make them say new things.” She succeeds! Penelope Scambly Schott, author of A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in Poetry
"Synopsis" by , A Brief History of Time, Beers' first collection of poetry, is at once an exploration of what it is to grow up in rural America and a treatise for social justice. These poems, many of them award-winning, span a wide range of styles-from plainsong free verse to sestinas to nearly epic works. The characters/speakers in Beers' poems range from the rural working class to mythological characters. These poems look at the world with an honest, unflinching eye. She is one of the up-and-coming poets from Generation X we will be hearing a great deal from in the future.
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