Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability


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Editor: Black, Sheila Bartlett, Jennifer Northen, Michael
Publication Date: 10/11/2011
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
Binding: Paperback
Media: Book
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Chosen by the American Library Association as a 2012 Notable Book in Poetry. Beauty is a Verb is a ground-breaking anthology of disability poetry, essays on disability, and writings on the poetics of both. Crip Poetry. Disability Poetry. Poems with Disabilities. This is where poetry and disability intersect, overlap, collide and make peace.”[BEAUTY IS A VERB] is going to be one of the defining collections of the 21st century…the discourse between ability, identity & poetry will never be the same.” –Ron Silliman, author of In The American Tree”This powerful anthology succeeds at intimately showing…disability through the lenses of poetry. What emerges from the book as a whole is a stunningly diverse array of conceptions of self and other.”–Publishers Weekly, starred reviewFrom “Beauty and Variations” by Kenny Fries: How else can I quench this thirst? My lipstravel down your spine, drink the smoothnessof your skin. I am searching for the core: What is beautiful? Who decides? Can the lawsof nature be defied? Your body tells me: comeclose. But beauty distances even as it drawsme near. What does my body want from yours?My twisted legs around your neck. You bendme back. Even though you can’t give the bonesat birth I wasn’t given, I let you deep inside.You give me–what? Peeling back my skin, youexpose my missing bones. And my heart, longbefore you came, just as broken. I don’t know whoto blame. So each night, naked on the bed, my bodydoesn’t want repair, but longs for innocence. Ifinnocent, despite the flaws I wear, I am beautiful. Sheila Black is a poet and children’s book writer. In 2012, Poet Laureate Philip Levine chose her as a recipient of the Witter Bynner Fellowship.Disability activist Jennifer Bartlett is a poet and critic with roots in the Language school.Michael Northen is a poet and the editor of Wordgathering: A Journal of Poetics and Disability.