Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability

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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 ...

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Overview


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 & 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.

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“This powerful anthology attempts to — and 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

“[Beauty is a Verb] is going to be one of the defining collections of the 21st century … the discourse between ability, identity & poetry will never be the same." — Ron Silliman, author of In the American Tree

“A groundbreaking collection, bringing together those, like Larry Eigner and Josephine Miles…and powerful new voices, like Amber DiPietra and Rusty Morrison. As the poets and poems speak to — and sometimes argue with — one another, we see a new strain of poetry growing before or eyes. The effect is far more than cumulative: it is astonishing.” — Anne Finger, author of Elegy for a Disease

"This is a sensational, stunning book — one of the best literary collections in a very long time. We are speaking about powerful writing changing us — readers of Beauty is a Verb will be mightily, irrevocably altered and enlarged — in ways we deeply need to be. Thank you authors and editors for a brilliant anthology." — Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Fuel

"Revelatory, provocative, harrowing, and bold, the poems are also accompanied by personal essays that create thresholds into each poet’s whys and wherefores. These voices range from the specific and personal to the abstract and philosophical, sweeping any reader — including the temporarily able — into the profoundest questions of how to live." — Molly Peacock, author of The Paper Garden

"Immerse yourself in muscular poems of tenderness and intensity, intimate poems of eloquence and bluntness, profound poems that present disability's difficulty, challenge, and pride — all the while exploring the triumph of the human condition." — Marie Kane, author of Survivors in the Garden

“[T]his insightful new collection deserves the widest audience possible.” — NewPages Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935955054
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Pages: 326
  • Sales rank: 977,031
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet 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.

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