New Jersey [NOOK Book]

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Betsy Andrews’s sweeping, energetic, book-length poem pounds the pavement of the New Jersey Turnpike, driving through America—past landfills and wetlands and weapons labs—under the towering shadows of engines, oil, and war. With a disarmingly unique voice that evokes the tradition of Pound and Eliot, Whitman and Williams and Ginsberg, Andrews creates a pastiche of landscape, consciousness, history, and politics in this American age.
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New Jersey

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Overview

Betsy Andrews’s sweeping, energetic, book-length poem pounds the pavement of the New Jersey Turnpike, driving through America—past landfills and wetlands and weapons labs—under the towering shadows of engines, oil, and war. With a disarmingly unique voice that evokes the tradition of Pound and Eliot, Whitman and Williams and Ginsberg, Andrews creates a pastiche of landscape, consciousness, history, and politics in this American age.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299221430
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Series: Brittingham Prize in Poetry , #22
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 72
  • File size: 113 KB

Meet the Author

Betsy Andrews is author of She-Devil and In Trouble. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared widely, in publications ranging from PRACTICE to the Yemeni newspaper Culture.
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“a bus full of party delegates slouching in their friction-charged skins
rolls past the jobbing line, rolls past the meat-packing plant
toward the birth of a new convulsive nature, a countrywide husbandry,
an emotional swing, the dream of the dream of the dream of a driver,
seated and commandeering down the gaping streets of retractable housing
where the aluminum siding licks its own wounds,
and a four-year-old in the driveway
repeats to herself, you’re okay, you’re okay”
—excerpt from New Jersey

© The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All rights reserved.
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"a bus full of party delegates slouching in their friction-charged skins
rolls past the jobbing line, rolls past the meat-packing plant
toward the birth of a new convulsive nature, a countrywide husbandry,
an emotional swing, the dream of the dream of the dream of a driver,
seated and commandeering down the gaping streets of retractable housing
where the aluminum siding licks its own wounds,
and a four-year-old in the driveway
repeats to herself, you're okay, you're okay" --excerpt from New Jersey © The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All rights reserved.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2007

    All come to look for America...

    This latest On the Road salvo is a quest to make sense of speed, short attention spans, and the pastiche of bad taste and sheer stupidity and terror that some mistakenly think is the soul of America. Much closer to that complex, diverse and elusive soul is the passion and insight that compels Andrews through her journey of self-discovery and naming. Traveling the same physical and psychic highways as Williams and Pound before her, this new poet makes a compelling and impressive Statement of Arrival in this debut. This is a poet to listen to, to watch. --Robert McDowell, The Poetry Mentor, is author of a book on poetry in spiritual practice, which is due out later this year.

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