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It's Not Magic

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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
Published 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
Susan The Book Dragon Campton
Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday my fellow Book Dragons. Today I bring you not a Gem, but a semi-precious stone. It is cloudy and discolored. Dark, almost black, but nearer a deep blue. It gives off a feeling of loneliness and one doesn’t want to hold it long. The creator is Jon Sands. It is a memoir and yet, it is not.
The poems are alright, some are pretty good. One, more of an essay, is very good. But for the most part I could not sink my teeth nor claws into these because nearly everyone contai
Courtney LeBlanc
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
While it may seem odd, the best word I can use to describe this book is fun. That's not to say it doesn't cover serious topics - love, friendship, family, childhood, growing up, etc. - but it does it in a way that never feels heavy or drags the reader down. But this also meant I wasn't pulled into the poems as much as I would have liked.

from Internet as a Concept is Not Inspiring: "Nothing in my family can resist this child. All we do / is fall apart. I'm trying to recognize not just the beauty
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‪It seems to me that these poems taken together are about admitting how and why you’ve been wrong, and still choosing to love yourself. How making that choice is, indeed, the way you do better. I liked this book quite a bit.‬
Samantha Kappes
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘It’s not Magic’ is a book of poetry by Jon Sands, a winner of the National Poetry Series in 2018. He also once wrote a poem for Cisco, the technology company, about healthcare-- which makes me laugh, knowing that technology is a world very lacking in poetry. The collection acts as part-memoir and is unapologetically modern while allowing nostalgia to seep through the cracks.

My favorites include “Decoded”, two poems in one, twisted side by side through slanting opposites, highlighting the disti
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 syringe ex ...more

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