Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability by Sheila Black,Jennifer Bartlett,Michael Northen

By Sheila Black,Jennifer Bartlett,Michael Northen

Chosen through the yankee Library organization as a 2012 amazing ebook in Poetry.

Beauty is a Verb is a ground-breaking anthology of incapacity poetry, essays on incapacity, and writings at the poetics of either. Crip Poetry. incapacity Poetry. Poems with Disabilities. this is often the place poetry and incapacity intersect, overlap, collide and make peace.

"[BEAUTY IS A VERB] goes to be one of many defining collections of the twenty first century...the discourse among skill, identification & poetry is absolutely not the same." —Ron Silliman, writer of In the yankee Tree

"This strong anthology succeeds at in detail showing...disability during the lenses of poetry. What emerges from the ebook as a complete is a stunningly varied array of conceptions of self and other.”<
Publishers Weekly, starred review


From "Beauty and diversifications" through Kenny Fries:


How else am i able to quench this thirst? My lips
travel down your backbone, drink the smoothness

of your pores and skin. i'm trying to find the core:
What is gorgeous? Who comes to a decision? Can the laws

of nature be defied? Your physique tells me: come
close. yet good looks distances whilst it draws

me close to. What does my physique wish from yours?
My twisted legs round your neck. You bend

me again. even if you cannot supply the bones
at delivery I wasn't given, I allow you to deep inside.

You supply me—what? Peeling again my dermis, you
expose my lacking bones. And my center, long

before you got here, simply as damaged. i do not comprehend who
to blame. So each one evening, bare at the mattress, my body

doesn't wish fix, yet longs for innocence. If
innocent, regardless of the failings I put on, i'm beautiful.



Sheila Black is a poet and kid's booklet author. In 2012, Poet Laureate Philip Levine selected her as a recipient of the Witter Bynner Fellowship.

Disability activist Jennifer Bartlett is a poet and critic with roots within the Language school.

Michael Northen is a poet and the editor of Wordgathering: A magazine of Poetics and Disability.


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