Sandra Beasley will be at Off Square Books to sign and read from her latest book of poetry, I Was the Jukebox.
I have an economic theory of poetry: a truly exceptional line or phrase that takes your mind someplace interesting is worth at least a couple of dollars; so, if there are ten such lines in a book of poetry, it's about worth what you paid for it. By this theory, the value of I Was The Jukebox is more than ten times its cost because there are several remarkable lines and ideas in virtually every poem in the book. The poet is Sandra Beasley, who will be the guest poet at Ole Miss this summer. Joy Harjo called the book, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize, "fresh, crisp and muscular." Sandra Beasley's poems combine the surprise and revelation of history and ideas with a vivid, artistic imagination of language--separate forms that constantly collide and unite, often sending the reader into a euphoric, luxurious dream-state. RH