The Body Wars: Poems

The Body Wars: Poems

by Jan Beatty
The Body Wars: Poems

The Body Wars: Poems

by Jan Beatty


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What would it take to be home in one’s body, to walk around the world as oneself, knowing the pain within and without us? Jan Beatty boldly answers that question by making a fire map of the body. These roiling poems smack into walls of meditation, only to slide down the smooth concrete into the flatline of joy. These are vital poems of dimension, of both psychic and literal travel, of the elasticity of truth and struggle, of the daily nature of desire that brings us to our knees—then shotguns us back to the heart’s center.
Yellow Sky                                                                                                                 

The summer that I had nowhere to live:
the sky was yellow everywhere.
The cars of other people had their own private shine.
I walked slowly.
Several birds re-visited the backyards of strangers,
I was free
singing the song of the last thing I didn’t say to you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822987833
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 09/22/2020
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 96
File size: 791 KB

About the Author

Jan Beatty is professor of English and director of creative writing at Carlow University, director of the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops, and distinguished writer in residence of the Carlow University MFA program. Her fifth book, Jackknife: New and Selected Poems, won the 2018 Paterson Prize, and her memoir, American Bastard, won the 2019 Red Hen Nonfiction Award.

Table of Contents

Contents 1. The Body Wars 2. Stormday Crushing It Gunlover Drunken Trees On the Anniversary of Charlottesville Double-Cut At Carluccio’s, County Dublin, Dawson Street Felon Armament The Pelicans The Fire Roads 3. Coastal Starlite How I Became a Gunslinger Speedballing Something Real and Free Trumpcare Chocolate Mescaline Not Homeless, Just Moving Borderlands, for Bobby Yellow Sky For the Man Who Died on the Tracks 4. Containment Landing Strip—Sierra Nevada Train-Jumper Field At Moe’s Outpost on Wicklow Street Driver: Fulton Street to North Beach In the Castro Kat Calls about Jesus She Was West 5. Beautiful, Overused in Muir Woods It’s Raining in Paterson She only tried a little, unwound the coat hanger and put it inside her My Father Disappears into Flowers Hot in the Striped Boy’s Heart On the 101 Leaving Sioux City Kat Talks the War Inside Her The Saddest Song In the Lowfields West Texas Love Poem Notes Acknowledgments
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