Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Or to Begin Again ” as Want to Read:
Or to Begin Again
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Or to Begin Again

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  5 reviews

Ann Lauterbach's ninth work of poetry, Or to Begin Again, takes its name from a sixteen-poem elegy that resists its own end, as it meditates on the nearness of specific attachment and loss against the mute background of historical forces in times of war. In the center of the book is a twelve-part narrative, "Alice in the Wasteland,"inspired by Lewis Carroll's great charac...more
Paperback, 115 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Penguin Group (first published 2009)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Or to Begin Again, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Or to Begin Again

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 64)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Cheryl
A reviewer far smarter than I said, "Or to Begin Again is a culmination of Lauterbach's worldward journey. Worldward:how a person grounds herself or himself in the world over time, like gravity in Simone Weil's sense..." (Charles Bernstein)

I could not resist the review, and I think one of the most beautiful things about reading poetry is how it triggers something in your imagination, and even if it is incongruent with the poet's imagination, it still is worthwhile. These poems are too academical...more
John
And a better, brilliant mash-up ...

Lauterbach's piercing intelligence—full of dry wit, deft insight and patience in calamity—is exactly why we read books.
Renee Alberts
Jan 19, 2011 Renee Alberts rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Renee by: Ed
The voice is removed and extremely academic, as though the poems were constantly outlining or referring to come abstraction I couldn't identify.
Jonathan
She doesn't hold my attention for some reason.
Michelle
Loved this....
John
John marked it as to-read
Jun 05, 2014
Maureen
Maureen marked it as to-read
Nov 05, 2013
Jessica
Jessica marked it as to-read
Aug 09, 2013
Philip Cherny
Philip Cherny marked it as to-read
Jun 17, 2013
Christina Castro
Christina Castro marked it as to-read
Jun 16, 2013
Will
Will marked it as to-read
Jul 23, 2012
Lucie
Lucie marked it as to-read
May 16, 2012
Jonathon La Mar
Jonathon La Mar marked it as to-read
Feb 22, 2012
abcdefg
abcdefg marked it as to-read
Feb 14, 2012
Tony
Tony marked it as to-read
Nov 06, 2011
JW
JW marked it as to-read
Oct 04, 2011
Josh
Josh marked it as to-read
Sep 12, 2011
swanpetal
swanpetal marked it as to-read
Aug 06, 2011
Colleen
Colleen marked it as to-read
Aug 17, 2011
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Born and raised in New York City, Ann Lauterbach studied at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Columbia University. Before completing her M.A. in English. she moved to London to work in publishing and art galleries. Upon her return to New York, she continued working in art galleries for a number of years. Lauterbach then began teaching writing and literature.

She is the recipient of fellowsh...more
More about Ann Lauterbach...
If in Time: Selected Poems, 1975-2000 The Night Sky: writings on the Poetics of Experience Hum On a Stair And, for Example

Share This Book