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It's Not Magic

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  2 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Snapshots of youth, displayed with verve and sparkling clarity, in a new collection of poems that "dazzles with its linguistic sleight of hand" (Richard Blanco).

From jaunts through New York subways, to a Cincinnati Waffle House, to a chance encounter with one's future life partner, Sands writes in turns autobiographically and imaginatively, drawing on voices from his priva
Paperback, 112 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by Beacon Press
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Bernie Gourley
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of (mostly) prose and free verse poetry. The content of the poems is autobiographical in nature. Sands was one of five winners of the 2018 National Poetry Series award, winning with this title.

My own impression of “It’s Not Magic,” is that it started stronger than it finished. I can’t say whether that was because it’s truly more brilliant up front, or whether I just tired of its approach and tone. If you’re accustomed to poetry which shows you the universe larger and louder
Danni Faith
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I'm excited for this book to be out in the world. Sands has written a collection that is full of music, pizzazz, and heart. His heart is smeared across the pages, and I cherish him sharing his world with me.
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Jon Sands has been a full-time teaching & performing artist since 2007. His first full collection of poems, The New Clean, was released in 2011 from Write Bloody Publishing. Jon has performed and facilitated workshops extensively with university and arts organizations both nationally and internationally, and is currently the Director of Poetry Education at the Positive Health Project (a syring ...more
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