Sonnets None

  • Title: Sonnets
  • Author: Bernadette Mayer
  • ISBN: 9780927920001
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
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    About the Author

    Bernadette Mayer

    Bernadette Mayer born May 12, 1945 is an American poet, writer, and visual artist associated with both the Language poets and the New York School Mayer s record keeping and use of stream of consciousness narrative are two trademarks of her writing, though she is also known for her work with form and mythology In addition to the influence of her textual visual art and journal keeping, Mayer s poetry is widely acknowledged as some of the first to speak accurately and honestly about the experience of motherhood Mayer edited the journal 0 TO 9 with Vito Acconci, and, until 1983, United Artists books and magazines with Lewis Warsh Mayer taught at the New School for Social Research, where she earned her degree in 1967, and, during the 1970s, she led a number of workshops at the Poetry Project at St Mark s Church in New York From 1980 to 1984, Mayer served as director of the Poetry Project, and her influence in the contemporary avant garde is felt widely, with writers like Kathy Acker, Charles Bernstein, John Giorno, and Anne Waldman having sat in on her workshops from

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    • Brian said:
      Sep 21, 2018 - 13:53 PM

      This is a classic collection from one of the New York School (and Language) poets. Mayer messes with syntax and line breaks, forcing you to grapple with language in unfamiliar and, thus, renewing ways. This collection takes the 14 line sonnet as its ostensible formal conceit, but these are not your mother's (or father's) sonnets:"Retrograde aspects of low-cop non-election-year/ Participation might mean putting your bracelets/ Guatelmalan on early in the evening to avoid the/ Footsteps of the man [...]

    • vi macdonald said:
      Sep 21, 2018 - 13:53 PM

      In this absolutely masterful collection Mayer does things to the sonnet that would make any middle school English teacher (rightly) nervous - this is the sonnet broken down, rearranged and turned into something completely new, revolutionary and absolutely wonderful. Absolutely essential work from one of the modern era's best poets!

    • i! said:
      Sep 21, 2018 - 13:53 PM

      skews twee sometimes, but overall successful--one of the best collections I've read recently

    • Robin said:
      Sep 21, 2018 - 13:53 PM

      Some of these I really liked and the others were difficult to push through. With this particular edition, I enjoyed getting some background and insight - from the editor and the poet.

    • Bette Noir said:
      Sep 21, 2018 - 13:53 PM

      Love this book!

    • Rusty said:
      Sep 21, 2018 - 13:53 PM

      About half of these are brilliant. The others--not quite so much. Well worth getting, if you can find it.

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