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Scarlet Tanager

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Comprised almost entirely of never-before-collected poems, Scarlet Tanager is Bernadette Mayer's first collection of new work in nearly a decade. Mayer, one of the most original writers of her generation (The Washington Post), has mixed together here delightful epigrams (The Mammal Epigram: Sexually/it's cute), long-line free verse, and her astonishing sonnets. There are a ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by New Directions Publishing Corporation
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Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
There are echoes of so many influences in Mayer's poetry. Among the influences, I detect traces of Richard Brautigan, Anne Carson, Gertrude Stein, and Ted Berrigan (among others).

A sequence of poems, loosely connected, integrates references to maple syrup in a way that reminded me of the way Richard Brautigan integrates trout fishing into Trout Fishing in America ...
syrup's up again
day dawns gloomy but birds
have found the feeder at last, march 22, 2003
of course there's a war
bush says, the war
...more
Jesse De Angelis
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
The poems in this book were very interesting, and while I often found individual lines in the poems that I liked a lot, they never quite felt like they all came together. Part of that has to do with the fact that many of the poems in this collection seemed to be written in very different styles - I think that if I had more time to get acquainted with one of them before they switched I would have ended up getting more from the collection. I didn't realized this until after reading the book, but i ...more
Tracy
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bernadette Mayer writes funny, serious, innovative poems. It's inspiring. I can't say enough - I would love to study with her.
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Bernadette Mayer (born May 12, 1945) is an American poet, writer, and visual artist associated with both the Language poets and the New York School. Mayer's record-keeping and use of stream-of-consciousness narrative are two trademarks of her writing, though she is also known for her work with form and mythology. In addition to the influence of her textual-visual art and journal-keeping, Mayer's p ...more
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