Jackknife: New and Selected Poems

Jackknife: New and Selected Poems

by Jan Beatty


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822964490
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 02/15/2017
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 1,253,792
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jan Beatty’s fourth full-length collection, The Switching/Yard, was named one of “30 New Books That Will Help You Rediscover Poetry” by Library Journal. The Huffington Post named her as one of ten women writers for “required reading.” Her other books include Red Sugar, Boneshaker, and Mad River, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Beatty is host and producer of Prosody on NPR affiliate WESA-FM, featuring the work of national writers. She is director of creative writing at Carlow University, where she runs the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops and teaches in the MFA program.

Table of Contents

New Poems


Inside the Cardinal 5

Stricken 6

The Kindness 8

The Secret Book and Record Store 10

Asylum 12

Abortion with Gun Barrel 13

The World between Jim Morrison's Legs 14

Low-Rider 16

Lake is a red pigment 18

She Set Me Swimming 20

Dropping Blotter Acid at the Slag Dump 22


Praise Blue 27

Surfing Cowboys 29

The Snapping 31

The Boy from Hazard 33

Blue Rider 35

An eater, or swallowhole, is a reach of stream 36

Against Suicide 37

Taking Off, I Talk to the Dead 38

Wedding Shoes 40

I Knew I Wasn't Poor 41

Muscle Beach, Venice, 2013 42

From Mad River

If This Is Sex, It Must Be Tuesday 47

Mad River 48

The Rolling Rock Man 49

Pittsburgh Poem 51

Ravenous Blue 52

Highway 99 53

Letter to Mario 55

An Abortion Attempt by my Mother 56

Sucking 57

Saving the Crippled Boy 58

After sex on a train 60

A Waitress' Instructions on Tipping or Get the Cash Up and Don't Waste My Time 61

From Boneshaker

Machine Shop of Love 65

Penitentiary 67

My Mother and Aunt Charlotte Talk Disasters at Schmotzer's Village Bakery 70

Going Deep for Jesus 71

Poetry Workshop at the Homeless Shelter 73

My Father Teaches Me Desire 75

Near the Foundling Home 77

My Father Teaches Me to Dream 80

Boneshaker 81

My Father Teaches Me Light 87

Zen of Tipping 88

Cruising the Blue Belt 89

From Red Sugar

I Saw One of Blake's Angels 95

Lip 98

Shooter 99

Red Sugar 100

The Phenomenology of Sex 102

When Foucault Entered the Body 103

The Day I Stripped 105

Red Song 106

Serum 107

A Necessary Waist: Plath Grows Thinner Reading Stein 113

Dreaming Door 114

The Punch 115

Love Poem w/Strat 117

Daughter of Blue Lake 118

From The Switching/Yard

Visitation at Gogama 123

California Corridor 124

My Mother Was a Dress 126

Sister as Moving Object 127

Three Faces and All These Fallen Gods 129

Delicious 131

Top-10 List 132

Youngest Known Savior 134

Reading Wanda Coleman on the California Zephyr 135

The Switching/Yard 138

The Hit Man 142

Ghostdaddys 144

Dear American Poetry 146

Drinking the Lizard King 147

Notes on a Nevada Flood 148

Notes 151

Acknowledgments 155

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