The poetry anthology, Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, published by Cinco Puntos Press, was released in September 2011 and is in its second printing. Edited by Sheila Black, Jennifer Bartlett, and Michael Northen, the book has been described as “unusual and powerful” (Publishers Weekly) and as “one of the defining collections of the 21st Century” (Ron Silliman, In the American Tree).
b u y t h e b o o k Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability
Trade Paperback; $19.95
ISBN 13: 978-1-935955-05-4
ISBN 10: 1-935955-05-5
In the forward to the book, Michael Northen wrote:
“Many fresh faces are coming onto the American disability poetry scene. Among those are writers like Ona Gritz, Paul Guest, Laurie Lambeth, Daniel Simpson, Linda Cronin, Anne Kaier, Marie Kane, Liz Whiteacre, and Kathi Wolfe.”
Although my poetry is not included in the book itself, (Survivors in the Garden came out too late to qualify me as a published book author for inclusion), Mike’s acknowledgement is awesome. And, I was asked to write a review of the book for Wordgathering, a journal of disability writing.
See that review on this web page: under: “Book review of Beauty is a Verb: the New Poetry of Disability.”
The poets included in Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, write searing, revelatory poetry and essays concerning disability. They are:
Jennifer Bartlett, Sheila Black, Norma Cole, John Lee Clark, Michael Davidson, Amber DiPietra, Kara Dorris, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Robert Fagan, Jim Ferris, Kenny Fries, Lisa Gill, C.S. Giscombe, Ona Gritz, Gretchen Henderson, Laura Hershey, Cynthia Hogue, Anne Kaier, Petra Kuppers, Stephen Kuusisto, Laurie Clements Lambeth, Alex Lemon, Denise Leto, Raymond Luczak, Bernadette Mayer, Rusty Morrison, Michael Northen, Danielle Pafunda, Susan Schweik, Hal Sirowitz, Ellen McGrath Smith, Dan Simpson, Brian Teare, Jillian Weise, Kathi Wolfe, and David Wolach.