Item description for Theories of Falling (New Issues Poetry & Prose) (New Issues Poetry & Prose) by Sandra Beasley...
Winner of the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize. Selected by Marie Howe.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.34 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2008
Publisher New Poetry & Prose
ISBN 1930974744 ISBN13 9781930974746
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More About Sandra Beasley
SANDRA BEASLEY is the author of the poetry collections I Was the Jukebox, winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Theories of Falling, which won the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize. Her honors include a DCCAH Individual Artist Fellowship, the Friends of Literature Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers, Inc. She lives in Washington, D.C., where her prose has been featured in the Washington Post Magazine.
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New Poet to Watch May 17, 2008
Ms Beasley writes with an elegance that goes straight to the heart with occasional side trip to the funny bone. Her unflinching honesty touches something deep and familiar in all of us. Ms Beasley has the potential to be one of the most important literary voices of this century.
JUMP May 5, 2008
This is the best first book of poetry since James Merrill's "The Black Swan." Like Merrill, or John Ashbery, Sandra Beasley uses personal experience as a jumping off point. Only for her, the "jumping off" is literal, as off the face of a cliff, or Niagara Falls, as in the volume's spectacular centerpiece, the poem "Theories of Falling." Beasley's themes are connectedness (often short-circuited) with other people (family, friends, obtuse others), one's inner world and how it relates to one's self image, and the occasional raw terror of mere physicality (including the physicality of one's own body). The words are strong, sometimes angry, often mordantly playful. Beasley is a poet of risks, exhilarating sonic beauty - but not of easy solutions. It's all about what stance to take when you're in the moving elevator and the cable snaps. What to do with your knees. What to do with your mind. It is not a moment when hesitation is appropriate. And neither is this. So: Click in the upper right hand corner of your screen, and buy this book.