Inside the Yellow Dress

Inside the Yellow Dress

by Mary Ann Samyn

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The dress of Inside the Yellow Dress is both the clothing of childhood, of girlhood in particular, and the garment of language we all put on. And like clothing, the poems are cut as though from cloth: here an armhole, here a sleeve, a cuff, and, finally, space where a body might go. Formally, the poems enact this interest in both fabric and lyric as they move across the page: the mind at work, language as desire and restraint, as loss and memory, as frontier. The page itself as the physical place where language lives. In Samyn's poems white space is not a surrender, but acknowledgment that this is space otherwise occupied. To be inside the dress is not simply to be wearing it; rather, as the poems say, assert: I live here, within the play and hush of language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781930974098
Publisher: New Issues Poetry and Prose
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Series: New Issues Poetry Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 81
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

MARY ANN SAMYN is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Beauty Breaks in (New Issues, 2009). Her work has won the Emily Dickinson Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the James Wright Poetry Award from Mid-American Review, and a Pushcart Prize. She teaches in the MFA program at West Virginia University.

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Jean Valentine

“Mary Ann Samyn's originality and intelligent energy, so evident in Captivity Narrative, continue here to spark their mysterious questions and longings. I admire hugely this poetry's humors and sorrows, the wild thoughtfulness, the risks.”

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amyfaerie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lovely book. I don't always love poems with a lot of indentation & white space, but Samyn's words often transcend their sometimes-goofy arrangement on the page.