A Sand Book

A Sand Book

by Ariana Reines


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Longlisted for the National Book Award

"Mind-blowing." —Kim Gordon

Deadpan, epic, and searingly charismatic, A Sand Book is at once relatable and out-of-this-world. In poems tracking climate change, bystanderism, state murder, sexual trauma, shopping, ghosting, love, and the transcendent shock of prophecy, A Sand Book chronicles new dimensions of consciousness for our strange and desperate times. What does the destruction of our soil have to do with the weather in the human soul? From sand in the gizzards of birds to the iridescence on the surface of spilt oil, from sand storms on Mars to our internet-addicted present, from the desertifying mountains of Haiti to Sandy Hook to Hurricane Sandy to Sandra Bland, A Sand Book is both a travelogue and a book of mourning. In her long-anticipated follow-up to Mercury, Ariana Reines has written her most ambitious, visceral, and satisfying work to date.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947793323
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Pages: 323
Sales rank: 205,383
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Ariana Reinesis author ofMercury (2011) The Cow(2006) andCoeur de Lion(2007). Her playTelephonewas produced at the Cherry Lane Theater and won several Obie awards. Reines was 2009 Roberta C. Holloway Lecturer in Poetry at the University of California Berkeley; she has taught master classes at Pomona College, the University of California Davis, and the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in New York, NY.

Table of Contents


Desero 3

Son of a Jar 4

A Partial History 5

Silicosis 12

Haboob 13

Solstice Poem 14

Attar 15

Legend 16

Arena 19

Venice 22

Downtown Standard 23

Glasgow 24

Tenth Body 26

Mistral 28

To the Reader 29

Twelfth Night 35

A Partial History of Iridescence

Dream House 53

Without a Word 57

Sandra 58

Not the Birds 60

I Averted My Eyes from the Rock 61

Magazine Feminism 63

I Can't Give You Anything but Love 67

Bohemian Rhapsody 69

Ramayana 74

Something Inside Me 77

A Valediction Forbidding Mourning 81


11/22 95

Mecum Mea Sunt Cuncta 96

Contender 98

Another Dream 99

It Would Be a Smoothness a Jesus 100

Maintaining Intactness of the Silly 101

The End of Me 102

I Had an Idea of Symmetry 103

Boomers 106

The Real Way Things Need to Go 109

I Was Running 110

Old MacDonald Had a Farm 112

Dead Symbolists 114

Schisandra 116

Distinguished Sentiments 118

No Child Left Behind 122

Gizzard 124


Running Nymph 129

Who Here Understands English 131

Beauty 133

Skull&Bones 135

In Bloom 138

Emergency Room 141

Try Not to Disturb the Live Palms 143

Wasting Away in This Vanilla Darkness 145

Céleur 147

No Words 148

Night Is Falling 151

Hunted by a Single Thought 152

Queens 153

Joseph's Dream 155

Women Seem Like a Labor 156

This Is the Song of One Hundred 157

Equimo 158

The Shot Heard Round the World 159

Report 160

You Know What Comes Next 161

The Song with the Refrain Like Animals 164

Misuse of Gifts 165

Days of Our Lives 166

Chaps 167

Enlightened Despotism 170

Beef Bacon Chicken and Nuts 172

Participles of Deserere 174

Armorica 179

Thursday 199

The Saddest Year of My Life

Confessional Poem 223

The Saddest Year of My Life 224

Cucurrucucú Paloma 230

To Live in a Jewel Was Bliss 231

Inner Life 232

Hegeling Before the Glass 233

He Smelled Androgenic 234

Chinook 236

Saint John Passion 238

Me Too 239

Mom Jeans 243

The Chlorophyll in Her Water Matches 244

Diary 248

Doubt 249

Wellfleet 250

Tiffany's Poems

Sic 263

"I have to get it all down Tiffany" 264

Dream 265

Scrambled Eggs 266

She Held 269

Tiffany Made Me 270

Lambada Literary Award 271

The Thought "The Greatest City in the World" 272

It Looks Beautiful and I Can't Understand It Said God 273

All Dead 274

The Stores Are Full 275

If These Poems Were Tiffany's 276

She 277

25 August 278

Unanswered Question 279

How Come 280

The Long Love That in My Thought Doth Harbor 281

Nine Moons 288

Nine Neoclassical Poems

Alcibiades 294

Like Two Empty Wallets My Boobs 295

Crystal Geyser 296

Prometheus or Something 298

I'd Like 299

Ditch Face 301

Rigid Frigid Be With Me Saint Brigid 303

And When I Awoke Nothingness 304

The War on April 305

Rotisserie 310

Bitch of the World 312

I Know from Experience If the Difficult Poem 313

Folk Song 315

On the Night of Tiffany's Thirtieth Birthday 317

Tikkun Olam 319

If I Won It Then I Won It Only 320

I Got Used 321

All I Have to Do 323

Still Groaning Under All She Owed 325

Nine Neoclassical Poems 326

Fkn Ziggurats

Fkn Ziggurats 333

It Is a Suckling Love 334

Democracy Now 335

Rapes Eons Fisheries 336

Your Poem 337

I Can't Eat You Can't Sleep 338

Who Aren't We 339

Pilgrims' Progress 340

Open Fifths 343

Mosaic 357

Acknowledgments 399

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Anonymous 7 months ago
Well worth the wait..