“Why is the raw body so unloved
when it’s out-loud? Just veins, blood,
what we’re made of?”
-from Skinning It
A couple of friends mentioned the book Red Sugar to me and I finally got around to reading it. HOLY SHIT. This is one of the best books I have ever read. I knew it was a problem when I started to dog-ear every single page of the book as a reminder that I needed to go back to the poem and spend more time with it.
Jan Beatty’s writing is fearless: she approaches her topics with such bravery that each poem feels like a gift. The way that she writes about sex and the body throws all the doors open: its done with such ravishing honesty and in a way where you realize all the possibilities that writing can offer you. It took me an entire week to read through this book, because I had to keep putting it down so I could write poems. You all really, really need to read this book.