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Red Sugar

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  107 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The torso facing east, the head nearly west, as if she couldn't take in the sight of her own skin and its failings, its parts spilling.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published March 28th 2008 by University of Pittsburgh Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Robert Beveridge
Jan Beatty, Red Sugar (University of Pittsburgh, 2008)

Red Sugar has, perhaps, caused more controversy than any American book of poetry since the sixties. Not that many people have noticed, but Jan Beatty's third volume got a scheduled reading at a Joseph-Beth Booksellers location cancelled back in the summer. It's caused quite a stir among book nerds and the hardcore anti-censorship types, but as is usual in this country, poetry-related matters don't make the national headlines. That's too bad,
Had its great moments. Overdone and uncomfortable (not the sex, other aspects). 2.5.
Red Sugar is about class, women, and blood. Beatty, in an 2008 interview with radio station Classical QED 89.3 Pittsburgh's series Around Town, says that “class runs all through [her:] books, in terms of work, in terms of attitude towards work, in terms of survival,” and Beatty claims that this book, unlike Mad River or Boneshaker, her two previous books, tries to get inside the body, into the blood of people, into what drives them. We see these twin themes of class and heritage play out as Red ...more
She's a favorite - so I'm biased. But this is a pretty gutsy book, as all her work usually is. She delves into the body and comes out with blood on her hands.
Stevie Edwards
Jan Beatty is a beast! Buy this book! Then think about how you should be a braver writer (if you are inclined toward writing your own work).
amazing. beautiful. shocking. can't look away kind of poems. if i could write like this, that'd be my paradise.
I love this book. Beatty is fearless. The poems are just the right kind of messy; visceral, human, tough.
A little bit of witty, a little bit of sexy, a whole lot of dangerous. I think this is Jan's best book.
James Grinwis
hard hitting, gutsy, overt, inside the experience. An exciting read.
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Amy Kitchell-Leighty
Very steamy...edgy...fresh voice.
A feminist Bukowski?
Amy Fant
Fearless poet.
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“Why is the raw body so unloved when it's out-loud? Just veins, blood, what we're made of?” 3 likes
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