A Bernadette Mayer Reader

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New Directions Publishing, 1992 - Poetry - 148 pages
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“What a clear, insistent health there is here––as if the so-called world were seriously the point, which it is, and we could actually live in it, which we do. Truly this is the best How To book I've read in years. Bernadette Mayer makes a various world of real people in real times and places, a fact of love and loving use. She has impeccable insight and humor. She is a consummate poet no matter what’s for supper or who eats it. Would that all genius were as generous.” —Robert Creeley

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User Review  - Alex Garrison - Goodreads

Thr prose work doesn't really interest me but the 'sonnets' knock me out. This collection is effective in that it makes me completely want more of her work - a sufficent introduction to an apparently ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sam Lohmann - Goodreads

It's all pretty much amazing but the poem I hadn't read before and that blew me away was "Gay Full Story." Also: "Marie Makes Fun of Me at the Shore," which in its entirety goes: Marie says look tiny ... Read full review


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Called "a consummate poet" by Robert Creeley, Bernadette Mayer was bornin Brooklyn, New York, in 1945. A most prolific poet, her first bookwas published at the age of twenty-three. Many texts later shecontinues to write progressive poetry from her home in East Nassau, NewYork. For many years Mayer lived and worked on the Lower East Side ofManhattan where she was the Director of St. Mark's Poetry Project from1980-1984. Bernadette Mayer has received grants and awards from PENAmerican Center, The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, theNEA, The Academy of American Poets, and The American Academy of Artsand Letters.

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