Made to Explode: Poems
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About the Author
Sandra Beasley is the author of three previous poetry collections--including I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize--and one memoir. The recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, she lives in Washington, DC.
Made to Explode makes no attempt whatsoever to fight shy of dazzling and rafter-rattling detonation. Here the poet, known for her smooth mastery of craft and lyric, examines a life lived in and around the capital of her fractured and restless country. She aims unerringly at the contradictions of lush, picture-book days in Virginia, and later DC, with its paradoxes, its stern testaments, its stone institutions. In the process, she redefines her own root. There is unwavering insight in these poems. There is tenderness and personal revelation. There is everything we waited for.--Patricia Smith, author of Incendiary Art
A rare and vibrant exploration of whiteness and complicity when it comes to America's history and traditions, Made to Explode is a courageous interrogation of self, culture, and how we are made. Both unflinching and tender, Beasley's smart and radiant poems glow with a historian's exactitude and a poet's lyrical heart.--Ada Limón, author of The Carrying