Midwinter Day

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New Directions Publishing, 1982 - Poetry - 119 pages
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"Midwinter Day," as Alice Notley noted, "is an epic poem about a daily routine." A poem in six parts, Midwinter Day takes us from awakening and emerging from dreams through the whole day-morning, afternoon, evening, night-to dreams again: ." . . a plain introduction to modes of love and reason/Then to end I guess with love, a method to this winter season/Now I've said this love it's all I can remember/Of Midwinter Day the twenty-second of December//Welcome sun, at last with thy softer light/That takes the bite from winter weather/And weaves the random cloth of life together/And drives away the long black night!"
 

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User Review  - Tom - Goodreads

On December 22, 1978, 33 year old poet and mother, Bernadette Mayer sought to record her thoughts and experiences of a single day in poetry and prose. Broken into six sections, this 119 page poem ... Read full review

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ORIGINAL REVIEW (Oct. 29, 2013): Superficially speaking, Midwinter Day is almost everything I hate about contemporary poetry: free-versed, loquacious, banal (and indulgently so)... so on and so forth ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
29
Section 3
41
Section 4
59
Section 5
83
Section 6
99
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About the author (1982)

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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