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Or to Begin Again

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Ann Lauterbach's ninth work of poetry, Or to Begin Again, takes its name from a sixteen-poem elegy that resists its own end, as it meditates on the nearness of specific attachment and loss against the mute background of historical forces in times of war. In the center of the book is a twelve-part narrative, "Alice in the Wasteland,"inspired by Lewis Carroll's great charact ...more
Paperback, 115 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Penguin Group (first published 2009)
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Lisa Rector
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Favorite poems are - Realm of Ends, Alice in the Wasteland (***), Echo Revision, and Or To Begin Again.
Cheryl
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
A reviewer far smarter than I said, "Or to Begin Again is a culmination of Lauterbach's worldward journey. Worldward:how a person grounds herself or himself in the world over time, like gravity in Simone Weil's sense..." (Charles Bernstein)

I could not resist the review, and I think one of the most beautiful things about reading poetry is how it triggers something in your imagination, and even if it is incongruent with the poet's imagination, it still is worthwhile. These poems are too academical
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Renee Alberts
Jan 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Renee by: Ed
The voice is removed and extremely academic, as though the poems were constantly outlining or referring to come abstraction I couldn't identify.
John
Jul 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Lauterbach's piercing intelligence—full of dry wit, deft insight and patience in calamity—is exactly why we read books.
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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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