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Subject (New California Poetry #14)

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Calvin Bedient calls the poetry in this volume "solid and brave and relentlessly inventive." Forrest Gander says, "The obsessive force of this poetry, ruptured by caesura and stanza, is remarkable. Despite the considerable intellectual torque, the poems, concerned always with identity, the borders of the I and the Here, are quite funny in passages. The drama of this work i ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by University of California Press (first published March 2nd 2005)
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Katie
Aug 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: language poets
Challenging poems that are best read out loud to "hear" the source texts the poet is playing with. The technique is thought-provoking, but the passion is missing. I felt, the whole time, like I was a rock being skipped on the surface of language's pond. If you like that type of experience, by all means, read this book. I, however, prefer depth rather than cleverness.
Lettie Prell
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I met Laura Mullen at an AWP conference several years ago. Was introduced to her over wine and nibbles. Her smile and wit were provocative. Later I attended her reading, and heard her read from this book. I was swept away by the freshness of the rhythm, the uncommon stutters and flutters. Hearing her, I could see how true to herself this work is. Holding the book and reading it myself, it loses something. Yet I pick it up from time to time and strain to remember her, the person, out there toward ...more
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Thus, I know it's my own fault for not engaging with this book--it's an open text, asking for my interaction, yet I can't seem to find a way to connect yet. Very innovative and temptingly brilliant, but I need to re-read it--over and over again.
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Laura Mullen is the author of eight books: Complicated Grief (Solid Objects, 2015), Enduring Freedom: A Little Book of Mechanical Brides, The Surface, After I Was Dead, Subject and Dark Archive, The Tales of Horror, and Murmur. Recognitions for her poetry include Ironwood’s Stanford Prize, two Board of Regents ATLAS grants, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Award, among ...more
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