By Jay McCoy, Bluegrass Writers Studio
A few years ago, when I first got my hands on Jan Beatty’s poetry collection, Red Sugar (2008), I was captivated. Certain poems like “When Foucault Entered the Body” absolutely entranced me. I lost count of the number of times I read it aloud to myself or to any poet that would listen. I was on a mission. I immediately went in search of my next fix and found an earlier collection, Boneshaker (2002). Not only did it not disappoint, it intensified the craving. I grabbed her latest collection, The Switching/Yard (2013), as soon as it was available and devoured it in one sitting. Today, I find myself returning to Beatty’s work often for inspiration, writing instruction, and for pure unadulterated pleasure; I always discover some new insight with each reading.