Poetry. "Boni Joi's work combines 21st century charm with ancient wisdom. Her work often springs from an idea that she spins out with wit and surprise. She's not afraid to shock and more importantly she's not afraid to be quiet."—Joanna Fuhrman

"'As long as the sun shines I sparkle,' says Boni Joi, and her first collection does just that. The beer bottles that clank in the moonlight sparkle; the forest of lit windows sparkles; Captain Eddie's houseboat, the pasta bugs and the archaic violence of a Greek play sparkle as well. It is the sparkle of ordinary things rendered revelatory by Bon's loving, mindful attention. As we see what she sees, extraordinary time kicks in, and we meet her on 'a fall day at summer's end like other summers ending,' completely lost in her moment, loving our new perdition."—Sharon Mesmer

"These tabulations of the daily shifts in a city and its skies will turn you on your head as soon as you realize that what was 'pocket-sized, wide apart and cupcake-shaped' are the treads on the poet's tires, 'sharp...as hard candy,' clear-eyed and fast."—Eleni Sikelianos

About the author

Boni Joi was born in North Miami Beach, Florida, raised in New Jersey, and discovered her lost lineage in Salem, Massachusetts. She has a MFA from Columbia University and has read her poetry at numerous venues in New Jersey, New York and elsewhere. She lives with her husband, musical chef Tobi Joi, in Brooklyn. 

Before During or After Rainstorms by Boni Joi

  • PubDate: 9/1/2012 ISBN: 9780979149535 Binding: PAPERBACK Pages: 86