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It's Not Magic by Jon Sands

It’s Not Magic

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It's Not Magic by Jon Sands
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Oct 01, 2019 | ISBN 9780807002254
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“Could a sentence be a life, or, at least, a version of one? A thing we read this way and that way, unpinnable? Everywhere here is the discipline of trying—to sense, read, be, get free. I mean: this book is a series of astonishments. And the way it is made of Sands’ everything—dreams, once-secrets, goodbyes, golds, and embarrassments—makes me know that any life is also a book of poems. Difficult, impossible, gleaming. What brilliant and generous work this is.”
—Aracelis Girmay, Kingdom Animalia

“Opening with a question, Jon Sands invites us into a personal journey that is at once comic, deadly serious, beautifully meditative, and completely within the praxis of being human. Sands’s magic lies not in the sleight of hand or the sudden disappearance of objects; it is more about walking backwards, the lifesaving text, and a life that refuses to be lived in silence. It’s Not Magic is the truth at rapid speed and a bounty of innovation.”
—Willie Perdomo, The Crazy Bunch

“I shall resist hyperbole. I shall abstain (barely) (maybe) from the urge to bellow from the rafters. I will not babble ceaselessly about how this book will fervently rollick an often fickle poetic oeuvre, how it will soon be apparent (hallelujah) (finally) that one Jon Sands is the raconteur we’ve been waiting for. Savoring these poems, it’s hard to believe that Jon strides the same world we do—these inventive stanzas resurrect, reconstruct, rejigger, and redefine, all with that enviable Sands signature. (There’s nothing like this.) (Wow.)”
—Patricia Smith, Incendiary Art

Table Of Contents

Foreword by Richard Blanco

i.
Love Poem
Diaphragm
Moons over My Hammy
Poof
Origin Story: 1956
Origin Story: 1999
Here’s the Real New
Palindrome
Epithalamion

ii.
If I Am All That I Have
Decoded
I Know That Silence Will Greet Me . . .
Internet as a Concept Is Not Inspiring
Last Night
The Woods
To My Ohio, a Letter Home
How I Remember It
You Know How You Try to Say a Thing
Check Out
Who Here Is Not a Liar?
Break

iii.
Before the Bloom
Living Room Monologue the Night of Winter Formal
Love Spell
When I See Andre 3000 Buying Bananas at Trader Joe’s
I Have a Beer with a Professor Who Drinks with His Students
Ode to the Rat
Dandelion
Ode to My Mother’s Hip

iv.
The Trick When Synching Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz
The Basement

v.
I Should Be Writing the Story
And It Will Be a Beautiful Song
Hey Mom
New Year’s
Above Ground
The Shoreline
The Day We Chose Instead to Grow

Acknowledgments
Notes
Thank You

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