Sept 16: Sandra Beasley

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Tonight on Bibliocracy Radio my  guest is poet Sandra Beasley.  She seems to exercise a limitless power of invention, embracing idiom with humor, and both undermining and affirming intent. Beasley is one of our nation’s best young poets, and arrives just now with a third collection called, ambitiously if also humorously, Count the Waves. It’s a challenge to attention, and an engagement with the physics of travel , time, motion and communication. In this volume the author of the previous I Was the Jukebox and Theories of Falling explores a delightful old mechanical rhetorical effort at correspondence, reviving this nutty and archaic form for fun and insight, but also offers more traditional, whimsical and always provocative expressions.  Occasionally they include advice, for how to write and read  poetry itself, as in interpretation, self-defense and solidarity:  “…inject giraffes into your poems/Let loose the circus monkeys in their skirts./Explain the nest of wood is not a home/at all, but a blind for shooting wild ducks.” Look out readers, as Sandra Beasley reads from and talks about her newest poems. Listen to Bibliocracy on the radio or online, and as a free download whenever you like.  Thanks for supporting community radio, KPFK 90.7 FM in Southern California and, yes, everywhere.