Chosen via the yank Library organization as a 2012 impressive e-book 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, id & poetry is not really the same." —Ron Silliman, writer of In the yank Tree
"This robust anthology succeeds at in detail showing...disability in the course of the lenses of poetry. What emerges from the e-book as an entire is a stunningly various array of conceptions of self and other.”<
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
From "Beauty and diversifications" by way of 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 looking for the core:
What is gorgeous? Who makes a decision? Can the laws
of nature be defied? Your physique tells me: come
close. yet good looks distances at the same time 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 beginning I wasn't given, I allow you to deep inside.
You provide me—what? Peeling again my epidermis, you
expose my lacking bones. And my center, long
before you got here, simply as damaged. i do not be aware of who
to blame. So every 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 e-book 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.