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4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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 girl architect. Structurally adventurous, the poems in Boneshaker question icons and invoke taboos, connect desire with place a ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published February 21st 2002 by University of Pittsburgh Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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Jul 19, 2009 Julene rated it it was amazing
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This book of poetry rocks! Sharp driven poetry that addresses working class, family, sex.

In "The Waitress Angels Speak to me in a Vision" she writes: "You've heard of/dust to dust, well this was dust to angels,/but these were real women with hard faces,/ lifers in white, these were tough broads,/broads with cigarettes, pockets full of/guest checks and loose change—sassy babes/with big hair, gravelly laughs and downtown talk,/smackin each other on the back, saying,/"Honey, you're full of shit,"
Jul 01, 2012 Theresa rated it did not like it
Asked if it was good a couple of times, unfortunately by my teenage daughter and her friend, and had to tell them, i misstakenly borrowed it from the library, while ordering a book of similar title, but that i would not recommend it.
The poetry is dramatic, and the time to make you think, but very negitaive, the author repeatedly explains her pain in being a motherless child, who was abandoned, and left with a father who died of drink and abuse, and that she was inlove with women, and was abused
Feb 21, 2014 Angela rated it liked it
This was pretty good. The writing is solid, and the characters are reasonably good. The world building is fairly excellent, and definitely my favorite part of this book.

My problem was I didn't particularly connect with any of the characters. I have this problem with some books, and this was one of them.

I did get through to the end, but knocked a star off an otherwise 4-star rating because this just wasn't a page-turner for me.
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Dec 30, 2011 Laura Davis rated it really liked it
Beatty writes honestly about things others refuse to try: sexual abuse and rape, poverty, ignorance, the holiness of outdoor sex and motorcycles.
Oct 28, 2007 Retha rated it it was amazing
Jan Beatty's poems hit me where it hurts and it feels so good. She's raw and real and tender all at the same time.
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Great book, wonderful poet. Jan makes poetry meaningful to our lives. Read her.
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