Jackknife: New and Selected Poems (Pitt Poetry Series) by Jan Beatty

By Jan Beatty

In Jackknife: New and chosen Poems, Beatty travels the turns and collisions of over 20 years of labor. She strikes from first-person narratives to poems that straddle the web page in fragments, to strains that sprawl with lengthy traces of teach tracks. consistently touchdown in which means, we are contained in the body—not in a confessional voice, no longer autobiography—but arriving in the course of the multiplied, exploded photo of many tales and genders.

 

The new poems bounce imagistically from the recognized international to the basically imagined, as within the voice in "Abortion with Gun Barrel": "I am the counselor,/there are cracks within the barrel of the gun/there is aiming/shots of sorrow—/ photographs of light.” dedication to a rabid feminist voice maintains, yet arrival has a brand new ring to it, with beginnings rescripted: “I am a bastard./I stroll round during this physique of mine."

 

Beatty’s fascination with the street and the breakout West jackknifes on the crossroads of the brutal and the white plains of loss—the physique torn down and resurrected within the 21st century.

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