I Was the Jukebox: Poems

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 1, 2011 - Poetry - 90 pages
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“[Beasley’s] lightness works best when it dapples her darkness—and when her darkness, as it often does, feels truly deep.”—Abigail Deutsch, Poetry

The winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize—“These poems are fresh, crisp, and muscular. They are decisive and fearless. Every object, icon, or historical moment has a soul with a voice. In these poems these soulful ones elbow their way to the surface of the page, smartly into the contemporary now.”—Joy Harjo, prize citation

from “The Piano Speaks”
For an hour I forgot my fat self,
my neurotic innards, my addiction to alignment.
For an hour I forgot my fear of rain.
For an hour I was a salamander
shimmying through the kelp in search of shore,
and under his fingers the notes slid loose
from my belly in a long jellyrope of eggs
that took root in the mud.
  

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User Review  - poeticmuse - LibraryThing

I love this book! Witty, heartrending and clever. Sandra is also an engaging, animated reader. I met her at a Mississippi Writers Guild poetry workshop. Read full review

Review: I Was the Jukebox: Poems

User Review  - Kathryn Negard (Just a Hunch Book Blog) - Goodreads

This collection was enjoyable. Sandra Beasley is clever, and writes very well. It just didn't have much of a wow factor for me, but I think that's just personal taste. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
11
The Sand Speaks
17
Orchis Speaks
18
Another Failed Poem about the Greeks
20
The Minotaur Speaks
22
Cast of Thousands
24
The World War Speaks
26
Antietam
27
Japanese Water Bomb
54
Making the Crane
56
The Cutting Board
57
Love Poem for Oxidation
59
Osiris Speaks
60
The Story
62
The Translator
63
Exits
67

Making History
28
Love Poem for College
30
My God
31
You Were You
32
Returning to the Land Of 1000 Dances
33
I Dont Fear Death
35
Immortality
37
To the Lions
39
The Hotel Devotion
43
Signs
45
Signs
46
Signs
47
The Piano Speaks
48
The Eggplant Speaks
49
The Plays of Lilliput
51
Another Failed Poem about Music
52
Plenty
68
The Natives are Restless
70
The Parade
72
Beauty
73
In the Deep
75
Love Poem for Wednesday
76
Fugue
78
Vocation
79
Another Failed Poem about Starlings
80
Unit of Measure
82
The Platypus Speaks
84
Love Poem for Los Angeles
86
Antiquity
88
Proposal
90
Back Cover
91
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Sandra Beasley's first poetry collection, Theories of Falling, won the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize and I Was the Jukebox won the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Her poetry has been included in The Best American Poetry. Beasley lives in Washington, DC and teaches with the MFA programat the University of Tampa..

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