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Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2005

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Considered by many to be among the most outstanding of living American poets, Alice Notley has amassed a body of work that includes intimate lyrics, experimental diaries, traditional genres, the postmodern series, the newly invented epic, political observation and invective, and the poem as novel. This chronological selection of her most notable work offers a delineation ...more
Hardcover, 364 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Wesleyan University Press
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Gerbik
Jun 14, 2008 Gerbik rated it it was ok
I didn't read this cover to cover, but I gained a sense of Notley's poetics. In that a lot of her work consists of book-length, cross-genre poem/novels, it's hard to take this selection as much more than a sketch of what she's up to and how she's progressed and changed. She's heavily influenced by Gertrude Stein and Ted Berrigan, and imagining her as a hybrid of those two wouldn't be at all an injustice. Likewise, it describes her limited appeal and the difficulty of her work. When things work - ...more
Michael S.
Dec 09, 2008 Michael S. rated it it was amazing
How can one not love Alice Notley, or cherish any opportunity to read her work? Unfortunately, after a long wait to get my hands on this collection, I was disappointed by how slight it felt, particularly in regards to her earlier material. While the Penguin books are still in wide circulation, those rare, small-press editions are what we rely on a volume like this to provide, and we get too small a taste of them here.
J Chritsian
Jan 22, 2016 J Chritsian rated it it was amazing
oh my GOD. i jumped into this from Benediction bc i wanted to see what alice notley had been up to prior to benediction and boy am i glad i did. really great selection of poems, interesting + cool to see development of voice and experimentation with this technique and that over time while the interests are all still so sharp and There. like REALLY GOOD. REALLY GOOD. i cried at some poems in it. i wanna get a copy and keep it by my bedside.
Molly
Jun 15, 2012 Molly rated it liked it
Shelves: poems
A semi-colon is a semi-precious garnet cluster / telegram (54)

my / skirt fill empties and fills with / cooling air (64)

Things that / Might be found in a pill bottle include a tiny photograph. (94)

This kind pine has clusters of needles at end of smaller branches of branch, like glossy little whisk brooms. (118)

The problem of / America is my body. (146)

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Miles
Jul 24, 2016 Miles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, poetry
These poems wash over me some nights. While reading them tonight, my friend snapchatted me about how she had an identity crisis because she took out her nose ring. I also noticed for the first time that the rubberband keeping my retainer case closed says "ASPARAGUS USA" on it. I have worked 24 of the past 48 hours and created the word moonlightheaded in that time. These poems are seeping into me.
Robert Vaughan
Jan 18, 2016 Robert Vaughan rated it really liked it
Incredible array of poems in this large volume of Notley's work. She has such a distinct voice. Formerly associated with the second generation of The New School, Notley's poetry stands the testament of time.
Blueberry
Jul 28, 2008 Blueberry rated it it was amazing
slow at first, i didn't think i was going to be able to get into it, but then her mind must have been blown. . .and long poems like "at night the states", "beginning with a stain", "white phosphorus" i read over and over and with impatience. loved! became inspired, to fling open.
Julia
Sep 03, 2008 Julia rated it it was amazing
Amazing scope, and I love that it's organized by year of composition rather than year of publication, an especially handy guide given poems' tendency to appear in multiple volumes.
Russ
Jan 03, 2008 Russ added it
She has always been one of the most fascinating poets. Pushing form to accomplish magic. This book is her collection of selected poems. from 1970 to 2005--a must read
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Alice Notley (born 8 November 1945) is an American poet.

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