Book of Accident
Beckian Fritz Goldberg
University of Akron Press
In her latest collection of poems, The Book of Accident, Beckian Fritz Goldberg invites the reader into a shadowy atmosphere where her language prowls among strange images; hummingbirds become a
fistful of violet amphetamines
and desire gnaws away like a
live rat sewed up inside us.
Reading The Book of Accident is like entering a graphic novel with missing panels, a noir world of queasy glints and feral adolescents,
a world where no one has to love you.
Characters go by odd names: Torture Boy, Skin Girl, Lala Petite, Wolf Boy (his body
pale as the plucked end of light
). They are punk kids fending for themselves in an expressionistic version of those old stories
that began, Let's take the children out to the woods / and leave them.
And on every page, there's Goldberg's hard-edged wit, with the speed and flash of a video game. These poems show mercy but give no ground. They make you feel heartbroken and frightened and exhilarated at the same time.
Beckian Fritz Goldberg is an associate professor of English at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. She received her BA and MA in English at Arizona State University and received her MFA in Creative Writing at Vermont College. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, such as The Best American Poetry 1995 and Fever Dreams: Contemporary Arizona Poetry. Beckian Fritz Goldberg has received several prizes for her work, including a 1998 Pushcart Prize and the Gettysburg Review Annual Poetry Award. One of her previous books, Never Be the Horse, was the winner of the 1999 Akron Poetry Prize.