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Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability

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Publisher Comments:

Chosen by the American Library Association as a 2012 Notable Book in Poetry.

Beauty is a Verb is a ground-breaking anthology of disability poetry, essays on disability, and writings on the poetics of both. Crip Poetry. Disability Poetry. Poems with Disabilities. This is where poetry and disability intersect, overlap, collide and make peace.

"[BEAUTY IS A VERB] is going to be one of the defining collections of the 21st century...the discourse between ability, identity and poetry will never be the same." -Ron Silliman, author of In The American Tree

"This powerful anthology succeeds at intimately showing...disability through the lenses of poetry. What emerges from the book as a whole is a stunningly diverse array of conceptions of self and other."<
-Publishers Weekly, starred review

From "Beauty and Variations" by Kenny Fries:

How else can I quench this thirst? My lips

travel down your spine, drink the smoothness

of your skin. I am searching for the core:

What is beautiful? Who decides? Can the laws

of nature be defied? Your body tells me: come

close. But beauty distances even as it draws

me near. What does my body want from yours?

My twisted legs around your neck. You bend

me back. Even though you can't give the bones

at birth I wasn't given, I let you deep inside.

You give me-what? Peeling back my skin, you

expose my missing bones. And my heart, long

before you came, just as broken. I don't know who

to blame. So each night, naked on the bed, my body

doesn't want repair, but longs for innocence. If

innocent, despite the flaws I wear, I am beautiful.

Sheila Black is a poet and children's book writer. In 2012, Poet Laureate Philip Levine chose her as a recipient of the Witter Bynner Fellowship.

Disability activist Jennifer Bartlett is a poet and critic with roots in the Language school.

Michael Northen is a poet and the editor of Wordgathering: A Journal of Poetics and Disability.

Synopsis:

A ground-breaking anthology that will bring fresh understanding to the American experience of poetry, beauty, the body, and disability.

Synopsis:

"We share roots, and many stories, but our different twang, our own breath animates these stories, making them sing as they are compressed against our specific bodies. 'Going home'—who does not long for connection, location, a place? I want foreigners to see how our country lies and find familiar living tales, sung with a different melody."—Petra Kuppers

From "Beauty and Variations" by Kenny Fries:

How else can I quench this thirst? My lips

travel down your spine, drink the smoothness

of your skin. I am searching for the core:

What is beautiful? Who decides? Can the laws

of nature be defied? Your body tells me: come

close. But beauty distances even as it draws

me near. What does my body want from yours?

My twisted legs around your neck. You bend

me back. Even though you can't give the bones

at birth I wasn't given, I let you deep inside.

You give me—what? Peeling back my skin, you

expose my missing bones. And my heart, long

before you came, just as broken. I don't know who

to blame. So each night, naked on the bed, my body

doesn't want repair, but longs for innocence. If

innocent, despite the flaws I wear, I am beautiful.

Sheila Black is a poet and children's book writer.

Disability activist Jennifer Bartlett is a poet and critic with roots in the Language school.

Michael Northen is a poet and the editor of Wordgathering: A Journal of Poetics and Disability.

About the Author

Michael Northen facilitates the Inglis House Poetry Workshop and edits the annual Inglis House poetry contest chapbook series and Wordgathering, A Journal of Disability and Poetry. As an educator for over 40 years, he has taught adults with physical disabilities, women on public assistance, prisoners, and rural and inner city children. Much of the material in the essay in this anthology is taken from his doctoral dissertation, Disability Literature: Its Origin, Current State and Potential Application to School Curriculum.

Sophy Naess received her BFA from Cooper Union in New York in 2004. Narrative is an important part of her work in painting, printmaking, photography, and video. She lives and works in New York and in Gothenburg, Sweden, and has exhibited widely in both places.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781935955054
Author:
Bartlett, Jennifer (edt)
Publisher:
Cinco Puntos Press
Author:
Bartlett, Jennifer
Author:
Northen, Michael
Author:
Black, Sheila
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
326
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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A ground-breaking anthology that will bring fresh understanding to the American experience of poetry, beauty, the body, and disability.
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"We share roots, and many stories, but our different twang, our own breath animates these stories, making them sing as they are compressed against our specific bodies. 'Going home'—who does not long for connection, location, a place? I want foreigners to see how our country lies and find familiar living tales, sung with a different melody."—Petra Kuppers

From "Beauty and Variations" by Kenny Fries:

How else can I quench this thirst? My lips

travel down your spine, drink the smoothness

of your skin. I am searching for the core:

What is beautiful? Who decides? Can the laws

of nature be defied? Your body tells me: come

close. But beauty distances even as it draws

me near. What does my body want from yours?

My twisted legs around your neck. You bend

me back. Even though you can't give the bones

at birth I wasn't given, I let you deep inside.

You give me—what? Peeling back my skin, you

expose my missing bones. And my heart, long

before you came, just as broken. I don't know who

to blame. So each night, naked on the bed, my body

doesn't want repair, but longs for innocence. If

innocent, despite the flaws I wear, I am beautiful.

Sheila Black is a poet and children's book writer.

Disability activist Jennifer Bartlett is a poet and critic with roots in the Language school.

Michael Northen is a poet and the editor of Wordgathering: A Journal of Poetics and Disability.

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