Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability

Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability

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by Sheila Black

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


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