"Breckian Fritz Goldberg's The Book of Accident is a chronicle of the weird, supernatural, and grotesque. The adolescent picaresques at play throughout are kin to Shakespeare's Weird Sisters, or the feral children in a Mad Max film. And her central theme-we wound therefore we are-is difficult affirmation of the violence and cruelty in our culture. The poems suggest a post-apocalyptic pastoral where the monster lurks in the small town or rural road, at once lonely scavenger and misunderstood terrorist... This is a book so tightly linked in its motifs, its narrative and shifting personas, as to be nearly of one piece. We wound, therefore we are. And if our children are the monstrous beauty born of that pain, still we must love them." --Lynnell Edwards, Pleiade
About the Author
Beckian Fritz Goldberg is an associate professor of English at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. She received her BA and MA in English at Arizona State University and received her MFA in Creative Writing at Vermont College. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, such as The Best American Poetry 1995 and Fever Dreams: Contemporary Arizona Poetry. Beckian Fritz Goldberg has received several prizes for her work, including a 1998 Pushcart Prize and the Gettysburg Review Annual Poetry Award. One of her previous books, Never Be the Horse, was the winner of the 1999 Akron Poetry Prize.