A sand book

Ariana Reines

Book - 2019

A Sand Book is a poetry collection in nine parts, a travel guide that migrates from wildfires to hurricanes, tweety bird to the president, lust to aridity, desertification to prophecy, and mother to daughter. It explores the negative space of what is happening to language and to consciousness in our strange and desperate times. From Hurricane Sandy to the murder of Sandra Bland to the massacre at Sandy Hook, from the sand in the gizzards of birds to the desertified mountains of Haiti, from Attar's "Conference of the Birds" to Chaucer's "Parliament of Fowls" to Twitter, A Sand Book is about change and quantification, the relationship between catastrophe and cultural transmission. It moves among houses of worship... and grocery stores, flitters between geological upheaval and the weird weather of the Internet. In her long-awaited follow-up to Mercury, Reines has written her most ambitious work to date, but also her most visceral and satisfying.

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Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books 2019.
Main Author
Ariana Reines (author)
First U.S. edition
Physical Description
402 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
  • Arena
  • Desero
  • Son of a Jar
  • A Partial History
  • Silicosis
  • Haboob
  • Solstice Poem
  • Attar
  • Legend
  • Arena
  • Venice
  • Downtown Standard
  • Glasgow
  • Tenth Body
  • Mistral
  • To the Reader
  • Twelfth Night
  • A Partial History of Iridescence
  • Dream House
  • Without a Word
  • Sandra
  • Not the Birds
  • I Averted My Eyes from the Rock
  • Magazine Feminism
  • I Can't Give You Anything but Love
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Ramayana
  • Something Inside Me
  • A Valediction Forbidding Mourning
  • Gizzard
  • 11/22
  • Mecum Mea Sunt Cuncta
  • Contender
  • Another Dream
  • It Would Be a Smoothness a Jesus
  • Maintaining Intactness of the Silly
  • The End of Me
  • I Had an Idea of Symmetry
  • Boomers
  • The Real Way Things Need to Go
  • I Was Running
  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  • Dead Symbolists
  • Schisandra
  • Distinguished Sentiments
  • No Child Left Behind
  • Gizzard
  • Safeway
  • Running Nymph
  • Who Here Understands English
  • Beauty
  • Skull&Bones
  • In Bloom
  • Emergency Room
  • Try Not to Disturb the Live Palms
  • Wasting Away in This Vanilla Darkness
  • Céleur
  • No Words
  • Night Is Falling
  • Hunted by a Single Thought
  • Queens
  • Joseph's Dream
  • Women Seem Like a Labor
  • This Is the Song of One Hundred
  • Equimo
  • The Shot Heard Round the World
  • Report
  • You Know What Comes Next
  • The Song with the Refrain Like Animals
  • Misuse of Gifts
  • Days of Our Lives
  • Chaps
  • Enlightened Despotism
  • Beef Bacon Chicken and Nuts
  • Participles of Deserere
  • Armorica
  • Thursday
  • The Saddest Year of My Life
  • Confessional Poem
  • The Saddest Year of My Life
  • Cucurrucucú Paloma
  • To Live in a Jewel Was Bliss
  • Inner Life
  • Hegeling Before the Glass
  • He Smelled Androgenic
  • Chinook
  • Saint John Passion
  • Me Too
  • Mom Jeans
  • The Chlorophyll in Her Water Matches
  • Diary
  • Doubt
  • Wellfleet
  • Tiffany's Poems
  • Sic
  • "I have to get it all down Tiffany"
  • Dream
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • She Held
  • Tiffany Made Me
  • Lambada Literary Award
  • The Thought "The Greatest City in the World"
  • It Looks Beautiful and I Can't Understand It Said God
  • All Dead
  • The Stores Are Full
  • If These Poems Were Tiffany's
  • She
  • 25 August
  • Unanswered Question
  • How Come
  • The Long Love That in My Thought Doth Harbor
  • Nine Moons
  • Nine Neoclassical Poems
  • Alcibiades
  • Like Two Empty Wallets My Boobs
  • Crystal Geyser
  • Prometheus or Something
  • I'd Like
  • Ditch Face
  • Rigid Frigid Be With Me Saint Brigid
  • And When I Awoke Nothingness
  • The War on April
  • Rotisserie
  • Bitch of the World
  • I Know from Experience If the Difficult Poem
  • Folk Song
  • On the Night of Tiffany's Thirtieth Birthday
  • Tikkun Olam
  • If I Won It Then I Won It Only
  • I Got Used
  • All I Have to Do
  • Still Groaning Under All She Owed
  • Nine Neoclassical Poems
  • Fkn Ziggurats
  • Fkn Ziggurats
  • It Is a Suckling Love
  • Democracy Now
  • Rapes Eons Fisheries
  • Your Poem
  • I Can't Eat You Can't Sleep
  • Who Aren't We
  • Pilgrims' Progress
  • Open Fifths
  • Mosaic
  • Acknowledgments
Review by Booklist Review

It's unusual for a collection of poems to run over 100 pages, let alone more than 300, the length of Reines' tour de force. Divided among a dozen sections, all of which almost function like separate books, Reines' wildly rewarding poems are connected through clarity of voice, generous irreverence, and seemingly limitless purview. Drawing the title from a quote by the great German-language poet Paul Celan (""NO MORE SAND ART, no sand book, no masters.""), Reines proves erudite in her selection of material, and readers may need to conduct quick research to decipher her subject matter, which traverses haboobs (violent sandstorms), schisandra (a medicinal fruit), and the Ramayana (an ancient Sanskrit epic). This is only a fractional sampling of this book's rewards, which include photographs, artwork, and symbols tucked between pages of deeply introspective and confessional poems, but Reines also includes super-concise snippets that incorporate internet slang (""it makes / you glow n calluses / On yr fingers now / Rasping wordlessly thru me""). It may prove impossible to completely characterize this powerhouse collection, which is part of its magic. Reines' creation is to be paged through slowly, and revisited often, as it truly contains multitudes.--Diego Báez Copyright 2019 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

The fourth book from Reines (Mercury) is ambitious in its scope and artistic vision, offering a postmodern take on the epic poem. Like some of the major long-form poets who have preceded her, among them H.D., Lorine Niedecker, and Adrienne Rich, Reines inhabits and renegotiates the space of the long poem. The nine-part poem's sprawling scope considers Hurricane Sandy, the mountains of Haiti, and Twitter, offering conceptually interesting passages and a wholly original response. Despite these strengths, the poems in this volume occasionally traffic in abstraction, failing to ground vague concepts in sensory detail: "Many of us had succumbed to quivering/ Idiocy while others drew vitality from careers." Throughout the book, Reines's enjambments heighten the sense of irony that characterizes her approach to the feminist epic. She writes, for example: "Nothing she meant to make a big/ Deal of, only some tiny budging/ Of memory." The poems operate primarily on the level of ideas, rather than through lyrical language, though the speaker's deadpan tone does not always succeed in creating the sense of momentum needed to propel the reader through this textual landscape. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by Library Journal Review

In her fourth full collection, poet, playwright, and performance artist Reines (Tiffany's Poems) presents a passionate portrayal of a young woman struggling to live and love in a complex world. Throughout, she imbues the ordinary with depth and uniqueness ("The sun rose debarred/ By the tall beards of the bank// Buildings"). Spiritualism is an occasional theme, as are music and travel ("Don't you understand by now// That dust can fall on anything/ In any country"), and the poet weaves the personal and political ("i was in buenos aires/ bleeding, with a Kavanaugh/ migraine") while investigating the ecological ("Do you remember when Fire and Ice was a bad perfume"). These and family illness and dysfunction provide dark backdrops, yet the writer persists in celebrating life: "pyramidal mandarins" and "Singed broccoli florets of my heart." VERDICT In a collection this large, some, even many, poems could have been weeded. But readers will be pulled in by the quality of the writing, which throbs with a Kerouac-like energy, and the poet's worldview, at once innocent and world-weary, cosmopolitan and everyday.--Doris Lynch, Monroe Cty. P.L., Bloomington, IN

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