Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability

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

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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 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.


Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935955375
Publisher:
Cinco Puntos Press
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
326
File size:
3 MB

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From the Publisher

“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

Meet the Author

Jennifer Bartlett was a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow. She is the author of Derivative of the Moving Image (UNM Press 2007) and (a) lullaby without any music. Her poems have appeared in New American Writing, Ratapallax and The Brooklyn Rail. Bartlett teaches poetry to people with cognitive and/or physical disabilities at United Cerebral Palsy in NYC. She is also a half-time First-Year Writing Instructor at Montclair State University. Bartlett lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with the writer, Jim Stewart and their son, Jeffrey.

Sheila Black's poems have been published in numerous journals, including Poet Lore, Ellipsis (where she was awarded the Ellipsis Prize in 2001) and Heliotrope, which recently awarded her its Editor's Choice Award. In 2000, she was the co-winner of the Pellicer-Frost Frontera Prize. She teaches part-time in the English Department at New Mexico State University and works as Development Director for the Colonias Development Council, a non-profit organization which does community organizing in the colonias of southern New Mexico.

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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A small, red-haired elf emerged from the shadows, panting and gasping like she had run a long way. Nearly every area on her body was bandaged and/or bleeding, or otherwise bruised. "Please! My sister needs help!" She managed to gasp out. "We were attacked!"
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On his way out he takes a torch and lights the forest on fire. He then rides away.
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"As is this one..."
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She stood up and looked at the others, from Syanna to Astrid to Nila.
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A network of bridges and platforms high above the ground and deep within the Great Forest. The elves do not like uninvited visitors, and are seen as somewhat cold. But they are actually wise and fair, with high moral standards and a code of honor. The elves are ruled by a king and queen who are not married. [Will update as nessessary] <p> Elves distrust shadow people and disapprove of wanderers, but they are not a war-like people. <p> The Chain of Command: <br> The King and Queen <br> Royal rangers <p> The common people