In the Garden of the Bridehouse

In the Garden of the Bridehouse

by J. Michael Martinez
     
 

Through lyrical procedures of self-immolation, this brave new collection by J. Michael Martinez interrogates the sundry roles language, myth, and sexuality play for the self and the other in the recoverable and irrecoverable past. Parallel to his award-winning first collection Heredities, J. Michael Martinez pushes the boundaries of poetic form, wedding

Overview

Through lyrical procedures of self-immolation, this brave new collection by J. Michael Martinez interrogates the sundry roles language, myth, and sexuality play for the self and the other in the recoverable and irrecoverable past. Parallel to his award-winning first collection Heredities, J. Michael Martinez pushes the boundaries of poetic form, wedding historically oppositional lyrical traditions to deliver a collection unlike any other.

Turning the page into a visual field, as in the deconstructed musical score telling the tale of La Llorona, In the Garden of the Bridehouse questions the line between visual art and poetry. The work employs the vernacular, the stylized language of theory, and the blank canvas of the page in its exploration of the known and unknowable.

Throughout the work, Martinez paradoxically exercises both a lyrical minimalism and a baroque poetic, uniting Mesoamerican preconquest imaginary with the sensuality of the Biblical Song of Songs, cultivating a lyrical space wherein contrasting potentials are—as one—realized in their shared promise.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Martinez has essentially raised the bar for both the learned writer and the learned reader.”—Rigoberto González, author of Red-Inked Retablos

"A precarious altar. A mythopoeic, fractal grafting. In the Garden of the Bridehouse reseeds myths, languages, Americas."—Joe Hall, author of The Devotional Poems

“Martinez enlivens gender configurations, surpassing male-female dualities of natural and cultural conception, to construct a psychological space: an architecture of creation.”—Roberto Tejada, author of Full Foreground

“Self-portraits as anima, time-travel, wounded swans, In the Garden of the Bridehouse is a mutilated garden of Eden, one that more accurately represents our gender fractures, our material desires, our fall, and our arrival as song.”—Andrea Rexilius, author of Half of What They Carried Flew Away

“Martinez offers intimate, introspective looks inside his speakers while simultaneously casting a critical eye across culture, history, and identity politics. Truly a collection to be digested in full measure.”—Booklist
 
“Poems scatter across the page in starburst shape, with fragments often disconnected spatially and syntactically. Pay attention, though, and you'll hear the music (some of the poems are even musical scores) and see the glowing, tactile beauty in these intensive pieces.”—Library Journal

Library Journal
11/15/2014
Martinez's Heredities won the Academy of American Poets's Walt Whitman Award, which facilitates first-book publication, and this second book doesn't disappoint—though it's definitely challenging. Poems scatter across the page in starburst shape, with fragments often disconnected spatially and syntactically: "Your brutal empty/ pull plum-// bruises/ perfectly men perfect." Pay attention, though, and you'll hear the music (some of the poems are even musical scores) and see the glowing, tactile beauty in these intensive pieces.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816530892
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
09/25/2014
Series:
Camino del Sol Series
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
1,380,654
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.20(d)

Meet the Author

J. Michael Martinez is the author of Heredities, his first collection of poetry, which was awarded the Academy of American Poets’ Walt Whitman Award. He lives in Denver.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >