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Animal

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The third book in Wave’s Bagley Wright Lecture Series presenting the vibrant and generous poetics of Dorothea Lasky.

Constellating four central topics—ghosts, colors, animals, and bees—in highly attuned prose, Dorothea Lasky explores the powers and complexities of the lyric, “metaphysical I,” which she exposes as one of the central expressions of human wildness. In
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Paperback, 136 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Wave Books
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M. Sarki
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
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...Should the I be the poet?...

First off, any person who enlists Jack Spicer or Bernadette Mayer to explain or demonstrate poetry should never be trusted. And the fact that Dorothea Lasky employs them from the very beginning, as well as her holding important academic posts that provides platforms in which to present lectures regarding poetry, is a good example why poetry remains on its pathetic, downward slide. For one, I believe it takes a certain type of
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Laura
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Animal contains four essays adapted from lectures Lasky gave over the past few years for Wave Book's Bagley Wright Lecture Series. I've read a few authors published by Wave, and I'm always impressed by the total package the publisher creates; its well-designed books are a bit like candy. I was looking forward to Animal because Lasky's connections between poetry and the occult mirror my own approach to writing through spirituality.

The first essay considers the concept of ghosts and their role in
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Antonio Delgado
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
These poetry lectures delve in between poetry and popular culture, making poetry accessible outside of poetry connoisseurs and enthusiasts. Her third lecture, from which the book title comes from, is the strongest by far. Overall these lectures are connected by the same aesthetics and poetics. But what calls the attention the most is how none of them is conclusive. How could they? After al, the poet continues venturing new thoughts, new connections, new ideas and new questions, even when they ...more
Alexander
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super helpful. Loved every section, especially the ghost portion with Halloween coming soon.
Katrinka
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I especially liked the first two essays.
Abbigayle Mathis
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautiful meditation by poets for poets on the role poetry plays in the imagination. I feel a renewed awe for poetry after finishing this book.
Weston
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really excellent writing on poetics. Illuminating and enjoyable. Lasky's Bagley Wright lectures are both thought-provoking and delightful, and this book extends that trend.
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