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By Jan Beatty

University of Pittsburgh Press, Paperback, 9780822957799, 104pp.

Publication Date: February 21, 2002

In hard-hitting, sophisticated, often lyrical language, Jan Beatty investigates the idea of the body as cultural machine, shelter, mirage, or home. She rescripts the birth scene with girders and industrial pulleys; the womb as inhabited by a young gift architect. Structurally adventurous, the poems in Boneshaker question icons and invoke taboos, connect desire with place and class, walk the tightrope between sex and love.

About the Author
Jan Beatty is the author of "Boneshaker "and "Mad River," winner of the 1994 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Beatty is the cohost and producer of "Prosody," a weekly radio program featuring the work of national writers. She teaches the Madwomen in the Attic Writing Workshop and in the MFA program at Carlow University.

Praise For Boneshaker

“There is a school of poetry where the poems have content, where they  communicate, where beauty is not forgotten. It is about work, family, and the lost towns. Grief. Jan is a central figure in this school.”
--Gerald Stern

“Language that’s often raw but honest, fresh and real (not to mention quite beautiful at times)  ... Buy it.”
--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette