By Sandra Beasley
“Beasley makes use of humor and shock like a scythe, slicing to the foundation of a matter.”—Washington Post
In Count the Waves, Sandra Beasley turns her eclectic mind's eye to the heart's targets. a guy and a girl sit down on the comparable dinner desk, an ocean of fear isolating them. An iceberg units out to bounce. A sword swallower ponders his courting customers. "The vessel is easy, a rowboat between yachts," the poet observes in "Ukulele." "No one hides a Tommy gun in its case. / No bluesman runs over his uke in a whiskey rage."
Beasley's voice is pithy and playful, with a ferocious intelligence that invitations comparability to either Sylvia Plath and Dorothy Parker. in a single of six signature sestinas, she warns, "You must never use a home to construct a house, / and not search for poetry in poems." The collection’s centerpiece is a haunting series that engages The Traveler's Vade Mecum, an 1853 compendium of words to be used by means of mail, telegraph, or the enigmatic “Instantaneous Letter Writer."
Assembled over ten years and hundreds of thousands of miles, those poems light up how intimacy is misplaced and received in the course of our travels. Decisive, humorous, and as compassionate as she is cruel, Beasley is a reckoning strength at the page.
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