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Poetry State Forest
     

Poetry State Forest

by Bernadette Mayer
 

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“One of the most interesting, exciting, and open of late-20th century experimental poets.”—Tom Clark, San Francisco Chronicle
Bernadette Mayer mixes together nature poems, pastiches, sonnets, prose poetry, and epigrams to create Poetry State Forest.

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“One of the most interesting, exciting, and open of late-20th century experimental poets.”—Tom Clark, San Francisco Chronicle
Bernadette Mayer mixes together nature poems, pastiches, sonnets, prose poetry, and epigrams to create Poetry State Forest.

Editorial Reviews

Rain Taxi
In Mayer's hands customary topics feel warm and fresh as baked bread.”— Todd Pederson
The Antioch Review
“Mayer's work is marked with Dorothy Parker's bite and bawdiness and Gertrude Stein's inventive discourse.”
The Washington Post
All her work is full of brilliant observations, humorous and sometimes astounding conclusions, and amazing juxtapositions inspired by linguistic associations, patterns of movement, chance, mathematics, whim, and imagination.”— Michael Lally
The Guardian
It offers warm welcome: it comes straight out of the ground and is loaded with good humor.”— Jason Morris
Todd Pederson - Rain Taxi
“In Mayer's hands customary topics feel warm and fresh as baked bread.”
John Ashbery
“The richness of life & time as they happen to us in tiny explosions all the time are grasped and held up for us to view in [her] magnificent work.”
Michael Lally - The Washington Post
“All her work is full of brilliant observations, humorous and sometimes astounding conclusions, and amazing juxtapositions inspired by linguistic associations, patterns of movement, chance, mathematics, whim, and imagination.”
Jason Morris - The Guardian
“It offers warm welcome: it comes straight out of the ground and is loaded with good humor.”
Publishers Weekly

In Mayer's 21st collection, the prolific New York School veteran mixes prose poems, pastorals, sonnets, epigrams and dream catalogues to create an unruly but characteristically joyous book of everyday transcendence. As always, the pleasures of Mayer's poetry come not only from her calculatedly casual voice and her artful restraint but especially her messy insistence on play and her explorations of what is and is not literature. "[I] write unbalanced poetry," she says. "As a 61-year old poet," she writes in "Summer Solstice 2006," "my aims haven't much changed." Yet this late work is elegiac and defiant while still quotidian, colloquial and self-reflective, as poems with titles like "Winner of the Bad Poem Contest" and "Inky Dinky Parlez-Vous: Variations on Sponge Bob Square Pants" attest. After her many incarnations as ingenue, performance artist, teacher, mother, shaman and poetry rabble-rouser, Mayer's become something of a wise woman of letters. "Sometimes," she writes, "it seems like every-/thing's a mistake." Readers will wish more people could make mistakes like these. (Nov.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811217231
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
11/17/2008
Series:
New directions Paperbook Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Called “a consummate poet” by Robert Creeley, Bernadette Mayer was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1945. A most prolific poet, her first book was published at the age of twenty-three. Many texts later she continues to write progressive poetry from her home in East Nassau, New
York. For many years Mayer lived and worked on the Lower East Side of
Manhattan where she was the Director of St. Mark’s Poetry Project from
1980-1984. Bernadette Mayer has received grants and awards from PEN
American Center, The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, the
NEA, The Academy of American Poets, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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