The University of Wisconsin Press


New Jersey
Betsy Andrews

The Brittingham Prize in Poetry
Ronald Wallace, General Editor

Winner of the 2007 Brittingham Prize in Poetry, selected by Linda Gregerson

Betsy Andrews's sweeping, energetic, book-length poem pounds the pavement of the New Jersey Turnpike, driving through Americapast landfills and wetlands and weapons labsunder the towering shadows of engines, oil, and war. With a disarmingly unique voice that evokes the tradition of Pound and Eliot, Whitman and Williams and Ginsberg, Andrews creates a pastiche of landscape, consciousness, history, and politics in this American age.

"a bus full of party delegates slouching in their friction-charged skins/
rolls past the jobbing line, rolls past the meat-packing plant/
toward the birth of a new convulsive nature, a countrywide husbandry,/
an emotional swing, the dream of the dream of the dream of a driver,/
seated and commandeering down the gaping streets of retractable housing/
where the aluminum siding licks its own wounds,/
and a four-year-old in the driveway/
repeats to herself, you're okay, you're okay"/
excerpt from New Jersey
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"Serving the swerve from witness to outrage, the poem follows war's disastrous trajectory from domestic to international policy and singular to universal tragedy with unrelenting honesty. Andrews has a queer eye for empire, and this work is an incisive, exciting, and necessary intervention."
Brian Teare, author of The Room Where I Was Born

"The heart of darkness is alive and beating in Betsy Andrews's New Jersey. This well-investigated sweep of a poem builds and passionately sustains itself through many luminous hallucinatory details. With its commitment to naming, to witnessing the machinations and degradations of our 'terror,' this is a brave poem, and a necessary one."
Anne Waldman, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics

photo of the poet, Betsy Andrews. She has medium length blonde-brown hair, and is wearing dark clothes and a necklace..Betsy Andrews is the author of She-Devil and In Trouble. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared widely in publications ranging from PRACTICE to the Yemeni newspaper Culture. Betsy Andrews was awarded a 2007 New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.

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New Jersey by Betsy Andrews

March 2007

LC: 2006031436 PS
64 pp.  6 x 9

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ISBN 978-0-299-22144-7
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