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The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience

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In her six collections of poetry, Ann Lauterbach has won acclaim for poems that explore the ways in which language simultaneously omits and defines our experience of reality. Lauterbach's dazzling range of formal strategies, her search for methods that engage contemporary issues of identity, event, and description, extend to her prose writings, collected for the first time ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 5th 2005 by Viking Adult (first published 2005)
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Stephanie Kelley
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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SO good. Changed how I think about poetry, art, the academy, the world (political/cultural/et al), and how all of those interact. She's a kind of female W.G. Sebald, except a bit different -- instead of interpolating grainy, processed, & hauntingly beautiful pictures, as Sebald does, she inserts quotes from texts of all kinds - literary, poetic, philosophical, criticism, theory, etc.
Read this (!), and pay special attention to her essays on Emerson and the six "Night Sky" sequences.
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Brian
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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It should come as no surprise that the muscularity Lauterbach brings to her prose is considerable -- having read a good amount of her poetry prior to reading this collection of her prose, I was already somewhat familiar with hey prodigious skills with the manipulation and coercion of langueg. What I was less prepared for was an all-out display of her incredible intellect, as well as a wealth of references she draws from in even the most humble essay.

The central piece in this text is the 7-part
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Margaryta
Not really what I was expecting. "The Night Sky" isn't the straightforward sort of essay collection, often diverting towards the personal and meditative. I think what got to me the most was how random and overwhelming the blocks of quotes Lauterbach threw at the reader were, for unless you either know the source material or are really that invested in that particular essay in this collection, then you'll probably end up skimming several of them at later parts of the book. Still, Lauterbach had s ...more
John
Oct 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What? Did I get anything out of this? Probably. But what?
David
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book and I had some great afternoons over the winter break.
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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.

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