The Body Wars: Poems

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University of Pittsburgh Press
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5.8 X 8.8 X 0.3 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

Jan Beatty is professor of English and director of creative writing at Carlow University, director of the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops, and distinguished writer in residence of the Carlow University MFA program. Her fifth book, Jackknife: New and Selected Poems, won the 2018 Paterson Prize, and her memoir, American Bastard, won the 2019 Red Hen Nonfiction Award.


"Jan Beatty's visceral urgency and courageous truth-telling is a gust of welcome fresh air. These poems are astoundingly alive!"--Tracy K. Smith, United States Poet Laureate and author of Words in the Water

"'What would it be like to be stormless?' asks Jan Beatty early in The Body Wars, a collection riddled with bullets and natural disasters: fire storms, bush fires, fire tornadoes, flash floods, 'deranged air.' Man-made disasters, too: the heroin crisis, the aids pandemic, 'Trump Care.' But it is in the midst of crisis that Beatty finds her strength as artist, as witness, as poet. This is not a book that offers answers; rather, it offers important questions: 'Can I tell you that we mourned?' And 'are there too many drowned trees?' These are the questions we all must be asking 'as we crack into the mad ocean.' What an extraordinary book."--D.A. Powell, author of Repast: Tea, Lunch, Cocktails