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Alice Notley has earned a reputation as one of the most challenging and engaging radical female poets at work today. Her last collection, Mysteries of Small Houses, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize in poetry and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Structured as a long series of interconnected poems in which one of the main elements is an ongoing dialogue with a see...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Penguin Books
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Written over the period July 1995 through August 1996, Notley's long poem (very long poem in that the book is 284 pages)is a combination dream journal, commentary on current events (Parisian particularly), memoir, anti-patriarchal manifesto (especially poetry world patriarchy)and metaphysical journey (quest by the self for the self of the self). The quest by/for/of the self takes the Soul (not a theological soul but all that one can't place one's hands on) down into the caves of imagination in t...more
James Debruicker
Fantastic long-form poem about Notley's experience in Paris from 1995-1996. Mediated at least partially through the voice of a hardboiled private investigator played by Robert Mitchum. It's either better than it sounds or exactly as good as it sounds depending on how much "long form poem" + "Robert Mitchum" tickles your pickle.
1) Absolutely amazing collection of poems.

2) If I go any further with my review I'd be missing the point almost as much as the dudes quoted on the back cover of my edition.
c meng
May 22, 2007 c meng added it
Recommends it for: notley fans, interested parties in the new york school

it is a very disobedient book. it made me uncomfortable and implicated and guilty and I loved that. it made me want to write more disobediently.
Alice Notley opens up the possibilities of how/where a poem can go. She's one of my heroes.
Wendy Trevino
In the Strike section: "I am absolutely not you...Fuck off Walt, all of you." hahahaha
This book goes with me everywhere.
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