The Lord and the General Din of the World: Poems
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The Lord and the General Din of the World: Poems

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Jane Mead was educated at Vassar College, Syracuse University, and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and has taught at several schools in the San Francisco Bay area, at Colby College, and in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, In 1991, State Street Press published her long poem "A Truck Marked Flammable" as a chapbook. Her individual poems have been widely published i...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Sarabande Books
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It's always a pleasure to return to books, and to find that your new reading doesn't come close to the original reading you had for the book. I can vaguely remember the first time I read General Din, and trying very hard to discover a biography lurking somewhere behind the poems. I felt their lyric voice emerged from a pained silence, and I found pleasure in the quiet voice that was the result. On reading it this time, I can see there is a greater consideration of truth as a necessarily self-fas...more
Sonya Feher
The first line of the first poem: "Jesus, I am cruelly lonely" sets the tone for the emotional depth of this book. The vulnerability of the speaker in these poems is paralleled by Mead's imagery.
Re-reading The Lord and General Din of the World, I'm conflicted in all the normal ways, as Jane Mead has been my warm and friendly acquaintance in the art form of poetry almost since the beginning of my writing it, when I sat across the table from her in a Jorie Graham seminar at Iowa on the dramatic monologue. When in 1996 this book first appeared (ten years after that seminar), I was moved by the soulful doggedness in Mead's language, the way her poems moved away from and toward words' rich s...more
May 29, 2011 Aran rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Not my jam-- got a little bored. The first section was the most interesting with lots of drug and family drama, accompanied by the requisite guilt, doubt, horror, anger. Some lovely, lovely lines there.
The addiction stuff here feels told with more sincerity and more sadness than I've seen in a while.
The more overtly personal she gets in here, the better. Opposite of myself perhaps...
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Winner of the 1995 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, selected by Philip Levine
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Dec 22, 2007 Brian Morrison rated it 3 of 5 stars
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