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Burning of the Three Fires (American Poets Continuum) Paperback – August 31, 2010

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Product Details

  • Series: American Poets Continuum (Book 124)
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd. (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934414409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934414408
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,745,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beaumont places her words on the page with the care of a curator arranging artifacts in a display case."
The Bloomsbury Review

"Beaumont may possibly be the bright side of Anne Sexton or Sylvia Plath…Reading Beaumont, one concludes that there is a principle by which a good poem is its own exhilaration."
Fogged Clarity

"Eclectic, quirky, often dazzling, Burning of the Three Fires charms and seduces in its ability to shift, with impressive ease, between the playful and the sublime."

About the Author

Jeanne Marie Beaumont: Jeanne Marie Beaumont (www.jeannemariebeaumont.com)is the author of Curious Conduct, published by BOA Editions in 2004, and Placebo Effects, selected by William Matthews as a winner in the National Poetry Series and published by Norton in 1997. With Claudia Carlson she coedited the anthology The Poets’ Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales. Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines including Barrow Street, Court Green, Denver Quarterly, Good Poems for Hard Times, LIT, The Manhattan Review, The Nation, Poetry Northwest, Poetry Daily, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2007, World Literature Today, and others.

Her poem “Afraid So” was made into a short film by award-winning filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt which has been shown at over two dozen international festivals, including the TriBeCa Film Festival and the 2008 Split This Rock Poetry Festival; it won 2nd prize at the Black Maria Film Festival, among other awards. She has taught at Rutgers University and the Frost Place in Franconia, NH, where she is now the Director of the annual Frost Place Advanced Seminar. She currently teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd St. Y and in the Stonecoast low-residency MFA program of the University of Southern Maine. A native of Pennsylvania, she has made her home in Manhattan since 1983.

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Jeanne Marie Beaumont was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs and moved to New York City in 1983. She is author of three books of poetry and currently teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y and in the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grant Barber on August 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
First personal test I have when reading a poetry collection: not only do I finish it but look forward to rereading it. This collection of poems manages to do something creatively new and fresh. Beaumont brings together at least three controlling threads: first person poems in a day and time when that can be really tiresome, but here is not; subjects grounded in domestic imagery and activities that do what all good literature does...dig deep into specificity in order to show how general human experiences are found there; uses metaphysical (Donne, Herbert, etc.) approach in a contemporary manner. Her language is elegant, sophisticated, and the poems well constructed.
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By divine sarah on February 11, 2011
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Have you ever wished for a ritual by which to (1) combat a bad mood, (2) quit the premises, (3) appear as sky and grass, or (4) be removed from this list? If so, read Burning of the Three Fires and discover you are not alone. If not, then let Jeanne Marie Beaumont's inventive and precise "rite" poems persuade you that you've always secretly longed for this kind of magic. Further, let her convince you that you've always wanted to know what the Japanese do on Broken Dolls' Day (June 3), and that you've devoutly wished you could find the "original trinket," which is perhaps "a triad of pink piglets/ a trivet too dinky to be of use/ triplet kittens linked by a minuscule chain." If these examples point to a poet committed to fun, be assured that her fun does not exclude feeling or a sense of beauty. It is hard to imagine a lovelier poem than "Mixed Tulips," or poems more saturated with family affection than "Cocoon" and "When I Am In the Kitchen." In other words, Beaumont, for all her whimsical genius, is a poet of range, power, and seriousness.
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