BEAST by Justine Post

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In BEAST, Frances Justine Post explores the destruction and eventual reclaiming of the self following loss. Many of the poems make up a series of "Self-Portraits" that explore the psychological core of intimacy with its inherent devotion and betrayal, reward and punishment. In one, she is a wolf; in another, an equestrian and her horse; then a tornado, the dropped crumbs of a beloved, a pack of hounds, and finally a cannibal. The self changes form and species and switches from one voice to multiple voices. Each poem attempts to reinvent the self and alter it as a way of trying to understand what remains after devastation.

"There is plenty of Circe, and plenty of Caliban, too, in the poems of Frances Justine Post's book BEAST. Carl Jung would have nodded in affirmation at the way in which myth and archetype pulse and flow under the surface of her poems--wolf, whale, cannibal, fire, doll. Her monologues cast the speaker's self into these tableaux, and it's hard to convey the detailed viscerality with which Post renders the human psyche--in all its needy, vengeful, rueful, generous and knowing configurations. 'What have you been killing, my dear? / Let me wipe your chin.' Post's theme is hopeless love, but there is so much bravado, courage, insight, and self-knowledge in the poems that BEAST feels like a weird, wild, somewhat frightening party. Not to mention the sensuous, acrobatic flamboyance of Post's remarkable writing, which carries this psychic carnival all proudly into Art."

--Tony Hoagland, author of What Narcissism Means to Me

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