Today's poem is "The Plenty"
from Curious Conduct

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Jeanne Marie Beaumont earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University. Her first book, Placebo Effects, was selected by William Matthews as a winner of the 1997 National Poetry Series and was published by W.W. Norton. With Claudia Carlson, she co-edited the anthology The Poets' Grimm: Twentieth Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales (Story Line). For seven years she was publisher and co-editor of the literary magazine American Letters & Commentary. She has also worked as a proofreader, a medical editor, and an advertising copywriter. She has taught at the Frost Place Annual Festival of Poetry and the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y. Currently, Beaumont teaches creative writing at Rutgers University.

Other poems by Jeanne Marie Beaumont in Verse Daily:
December 4, 2002:  Bride   "I was long dead before you singed me..."

About Curious Conduct:

"Beaumont's way of seeing is only a step from an ancient way of interpreting the inert things that surround us, as omens or animated carriers of meaning: What is in the thing we see, and what does it intend or signify? If that is in a way primitive, it is also classical."
The Boston Globe

"Curious Conduct is one of the livelier books to come down the poetry pike. Jeanne Marie Beaumont keeps readers on their toes with her fondness for inversions and sly perversions. "You onlyu find the place/because it's changed beyond recognition." "Wish for wings here and you'll be given arms." Full of playful postmodern gestures, these are poems in which many eras and states of mind interpenetrate. The poems glance backward like Lot's indomitable wife into the receding vistas of history while at the same time shade their eyes in order to scan the future's uncertain horizon."
—Amy Gerstler

"Here is one great blessed eyeball (with more facets than a dragonfly's) encountering the world, no colliding with it in endless cancellations, where to see, to think, and to imagine combine in one impulse to make a poetry of poetries."
—Mary Ruefle

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