The New Clean: Jon Sands reads from his new collection of poems at Food For Thought Books

December 7th, 2011  |  by Published in featured, Featured Events, Uncategorized

An opportunity not to be missed! Food For Thought Books welcomes Jon Sands, on his mini-tour through Western MA and southern VT. Sands recently published his first book, The New Clean.

Monday, 12/12 at 7PM, Food For Thought Books, 106 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA

Jon Sands is a Brooklyn based Author and performer known for his electrifying readings. His first full collection of poems, The New Clean, was released in 2011 from Write Bloody Publishing. He is Director of Poetry Education at the Positive Health Project (a syringe exchange center located in Midtown Manhattan), an adjunct with the City University of New York, as well as a Youth Mentor with Urban Word-NYC. He starred in the 2011 web-series “Verse: A Murder Mystery” from Rattapallax Films, and in 2010 toured throughout Germany in conjunction with the American Embassy. He’s represented New York City multiple times at the National Poetry Slam, and lives in Brooklyn, where he makes better tuna salad than anyone you know.

What people are saying:
“These are high-stakes, honest poems, & Jon Sands is a high-stakes, honest poet of wild range. Sands possesses the remarkable ability to celebrate just as deeply as he mourns. & whichever city he moves through in his poems–New York, Cincinnati, the city of the heart, grief, or the afterlife–one can be certain that there will be some singing. That’s just what these poems do. They beg you to give them your voice. They jangle time & lunge at silence, making readers survive the difficult world all for the possibility of the poems’ revelations, songs, & the importance of their reckonings.”
– Aracelis Girmay, author of “Teeth” & “Changing, Changing”

“With the groundbreaking and deftly crafted “The New Clean,” Jon Sands has brashly shifted the landscape, changing what we know about the limits of stanzas that spill so helplessly from the self. These are poems of a city’s insistent romances and our determination to root ourselves in its clutch, a clutch that nurtures us while taking our breath away. These are poems of backslap and revelation. No one but Jon could have done this.”
– Patricia Smith, National Book Award Finalist, author of “Blood Dazzler”

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