Several years ago Bill Moyers asked former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove to name poets under 40 whose work she follows. Among the names cited in "Rita Dove's List of Young Poets to Watch" was that of Sandra Beasley, who recently published her third poetry collection, Count the Waves (W.W. Norton, June 2015).
Below is Beasley's "I Don't Fear Death" from I Was the Jukebox (W.W. Norton, 2010; Reprint, 2011), awarded the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize. Beasley provides the voiceover.
Sandra Beasley also is the author of the debut collection Theories of Falling (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2008), recipient of the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize (the judge was Marie Howe); and the memoir Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life (Broadway Books, Reprint, 2012).
Beasley's blog is Chicks Dig Poetry.