Jan Beatty Mad River (Pitt Poetry Series)

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Mad River (Pitt Poetry Series)

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A collection of poems from Jan Beatty who won the 1994 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize.

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On its rushing surface, the life Beatty writes about is mad--that is, wild--enough, filled as it is with riding motorcycles with a convicted rapist, teaching creative writing at a penitentiary, kissing (out of twisted mercy) a crippled boy in high school, being a social worker for two little girls who were kept in a closet by their parents. But it is in her keen mental note taking that the real madness--that is, passion--lies. In every poem, she keeps her fury contained but omnipresent, so that it resembles a cornered dog's warning growl, yet she hints of happier possibilities, too. When a coworker brags about her and her boyfriend calling for help on a car phone, Beatty rejoins, "Yes, but what if you left the car / went for a walk, had great sex in a ditch down the road, / rediscovered a particular part of the universe that night?" To dive into Beatty's river is to discover a universe of possibilities. Elizabeth Millard

From Publishers Weekly:

Although much of the emotional landscape traversed in this collection seems too familiar, Beatty does offer deeply visceral and sensory work, especially in the second and third sections of this three-part book. In these latter poems, mainly about sexuality (adolescent and adult), she risks relative boldness and deep emotional commitment, disregarding political correctness in respect for this less readily sanitized realm of experience. In "Saving the Crippled Boy," she recalls kissing a one-armed classmate on the bus home from a tenth-grade field trip: "... but now I was saying, Look,/ this is what you can't have, not for real,/ this is for today." An overall flat, confessional tone asks more of a reader's patience than the poems generally earn, yet Beatty demonstrates promise, particularly in the poems about sexuality and those about her father and his illness.
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