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The Bride of E

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Poems by the author of Elegy, Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry

The goblet mouth on the table speaks
To your thirst, saying, Longing, your longing, is infinite.
-from "H Is Here Is a Song, Now Sing"

In her sixth collection, The Bride of E, Mary Jo Bang uses a distinctive mix of humor and directness to sound the deepest sort of anguish: the existenti
Hardcover, 90 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Graywolf Press
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Mary Jo Bang’s amazing new collection of poetry, The Bride Of E, is vivid with haunting images. The poems in the first part of the book follow their lead from the alphabet, beginning with “ABC Plus E: Cosmic Aloneness Is The Bride Of Existence.” This disturbingly truthful poem is anything but simple. It mirrors the loneliness one can feel even in large crowds. This is just one example of the rich, thought-provoking poetry within this slim volume.

The poem “For Freud” begins with an exquisite sent
I'm sure there's a lot to like here, but mostly this book reminded me how tied I am to the phrase; Bang, at least in this book, leaves the phrase behind in place of a lot of fragments that seem backed up against each other like cars at an intersection, and about as happily. The stop-start of these poems, then, made them hard for me to enjoy.

I think the effect, of dislocation and displeasure, is political, and a lot of these poems sort of roil and bubble with what feel to me like recriminations a
I picked up this book because Mary Jo Bang came to visit my university a couple years ago and I was interested by her poem "B is for Beckett." I've found through reading this book that her metaphors and imagery are complex and sometimes difficult to follow, but so rich that you don't mind holding on and going for a ride. I thought that it was a clever idea to write an abecedarian type book, and it's an idea that I might want to use for my Poem-A-Day Project. Overall really neat and worth the rea ...more
Joan Colby
I was initially inclined to dislike these post-Ashbery poems but in actuality Bang has a talent for the riveting image which while disconnected in the "language" poetry motif still energizes some of her poems so they are in the whole effective. She is of course idolized by the academic coterie that flogs the idea of "accessibility"--Billy Collins is their bete noire but nonetheless she is heads above most of that crowd.
Couldn't stay in. Tried. Wanted to.
It's a music I'm not used to, that's certain.
The short lines and sudden turns kept bumping me off the page.
Sense of failure.
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Mary Jo Bang is an American poet. In her most recent collection, The Bride of E, she uses a distinctive mix of humor, directness, and indirection, to sound the deepest sort of anguish: the existential condition. Bang fashions her examination of the lived life into an abecedarius—the title of the first poem, "ABC Plus E: Cosmic Aloneness Is the Bride of Existence," posits the collection's central p ...more
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