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Red Sugar (Pitt Poetry Series) Paperback – March 28, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; eighth edition edition (March 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822959879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822959878
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Red Sugar is tantalizing and forbidden, but it is no peepshow. The poems are raw, brash, and full of pluck, yet there is tenderness and honest emotion at the core. Jan Beatty reminds us that there is 'nothing / between us and death but one inch.' She takes us to the edge of being and shows us our own quick mortal souls. Yes, there's rock music and prison sex-but do not think for a moment that this book is merely licentious. Beatty casts a broad canopy over human desire, and within the scope of experience, she finds, too, that we are innocent and sublime beings. A rich, rare treat, this Red Sugar.” 
—D. A. Powell

"Tthe boldly sexual first person narratives in Red Sugar are absolutely riveting, artfully fleshed-out poems which generate fear for the character's safety."
—ForeWord Magazine

"This electric, nerve-jangling collection revels in and sometimes rails against the glorious mess of inhabiting a body. The poems, in this, her third collection, are often raw, and full of sex, drugs and rock n' roll, but they're also shockingly soft and tender."
--Pittsburgh Magazine

“A fearless collection. The poems seem to carve out homes inside of women’s bodies and fill them up with the words. Only the words are not comfortable at all, and that’s the draw to this book. “

“Bold, brutal, honest . . .  A fiercely inventive, intimate, and visionary book.”
—Review Revue

About the Author

Jan Beatty is the author of Boneshaker and Mad River, winner of the 1994 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Beatty is the cohost and producer of Prosody, a weekly radio program featuring the work of national writers. She teaches the Madwomen in the Attic Writing Workshop and in the MFA program at Carlow University.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Jan Beatty, Red Sugar (University of Pittsburgh, 2008)

Red Sugar has, perhaps, caused more controversy than any American book of poetry since the sixties. Not that many people have noticed, but Jan Beatty's third volume got a scheduled reading at a Joseph-Beth Booksellers location cancelled back in the summer. It's caused quite a stir among book nerds and the hardcore anti-censorship types, but as is usual in this country, poetry-related matters don't make the national headlines. That's too bad, because like all of us, Beatty, who is a fine poet, could certainly use the publicity.

The controversy stems from the explicit nature of most of the poems here. I say "most" because there are some that are surprisingly tender (and some that don't seem to fit the theme at all). Where the real surprise kicks in is about two-thirds of the way through the book. You know Beatty's on a theme here, and as we progress we get deeper into that theme (in a predictable way; we get the present, and we dig deeper and deeper into the past until we get to the event that started it all), and then, all the sudden, wham, we get to "Serum": a left turn out of the blue that still fits. And that's when Red Sugar goes from being a very good book to a possibly great one. I'm not going to quote from those back pieces, because I don't want to spoil this for you (and I believe this is the first time I've ever referred to spoilers in a book of poetry), but I can't really quote from the first bits, because Amazon would redline this review faster than it would an excerpt from a porn film. So I'm stuck with quoting from one of the poems that doesn't really seem to fit until much later.
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By shoe guru on November 27, 2012
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What a moving deep easy to understand and follow. I loved this booko. The author is amazing. I could just feel the depth and clear vision of what she sees!! Enjoy
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