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In the Pines

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  289 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
A bold and strikingly original new work from one of America's greatest living poets

Alice Notley is considered by many to be among the most outstanding of living American poets. Notley's work has always been highly narrative, and her new book mixes short lyrics with long, expansive lines of poetry that often take the form of prose sentences, in an effort "to change writin
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Aug 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
TO ANYONE WHO WOULD GIVE THIS BOOK LESS THAN 3 STARS if you die before me I promise to use your graves as a toilet for no less than 108 days! The latest issue of Rain Taxi has an abhorrent review calling Alice Notley an Hysteric Poet, making my heart heavy with the metal of anger.

This book has the courage to create a NEW TEMPLATE for the poems of grief.

Anyone who DOES NOT understand that, anyone who dismisses this, well, you bastards don't deserve poetry at all then as far as I'm concerned. Why
Dec 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The long opening poem, "In the Pines," is probably the greatest thing I've read in years. It's marvelous. It has everything. It is the Instruction Manual for the new consciousness of the poem. I recommend reading it in one sitting, and then reading it again. And then again.
Dec 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
See my review published originally in American Book Review's Line on Line on-line reviews:

I've just reread In the Pines in conjunction with a poetry project I'm enmeshed/embroiled/mired in and discovered that I almost totally missed the importance of American song, i.e. country, folk, blues to these poems the first time I read (and reviewed) the collection (duh! as if the title, brought to my attention by Steve Harris, weren't a clue). Definitely holds up
Dec 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: poems
When your baby's on the cooling board. (14)

I almost admire the symmetries of your biological story. (30)

I'm trying to fix your illness now, you know. Says the man. I'm trying to fix your defect. / It may be what I love now, I say. (50)

I have a necklace of bloody teeth for this cure. Teeth of many martyrs; the stars above the barren town. (53)

You do not have a light / to shine on me. I have it. (112)

Poetry / can justify you too. (117)

Many people whose tastes and brains I admire love Alice Notley'
Jun 05, 2014 marked it as to-read
"Volumes of poetry by Alice Notley are the great novels of our time."- Ariana Reines

I would disagree and say that great novels are the great novels of our time, but the above quote is enough to have me intrigued, anyway.
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 for the whole thing, 5 for the first part
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2015
Thank you AroarA.
Nov 08, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Don't destroy time because then we can't have evolution. We can't have the mind-body problem."

"I'm the new species, the girl says."

"As for the body. As you called it."

named after an old blues song from the southern appalachians, alice notley's latest book haunts. she interweaves narratives in an elusively rich language, with each "section" of the book performed in/as different forms. she names memories (several poems are about her first husband, ted berrigan), with narratives speaking of specif
Jun 03, 2010 is currently reading it
Shelves: poetry
I read 1/3 of this book but had to return it to the library before I had finished it. My husband bought me a copy at a book sale a few months ago, and I've decided to pick it up again, starting from the beginning. I was loving the richness of language and imagery when I first picked it up, and so I'm looking forward to starting to read it again. I think Notley is creating truly original, breathtaking work.
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, poetry
Not for me--while Alice Notley is heralded for her poetry, and I appreciate how marvelously and brilliantly she works with words, she just doesn't speak to me. I admire this book with how she writes poetry in a prose-like form.
I have no idea what Alice Notley is writing about. I see this book gets high marks from other readers, but it's incomprehensible to me. I'll keep it nearby and try again, but not with high-hopes. If anybody out there would like to explain this book to me, I'd be more than happy to pay attention.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry, alice-notley
I am tortured by my heart which they say is my mind. I don’t care about those two words.
Luis Correa
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Demands a second read. The title poem was marvelous, if baffling.
Dec 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is perhaps one of the greatest books of poetry to be published this decade.
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Body and medicine and access and voice and song and time. She's never going to go easy on you, and it's always worth it.
Susie Anderson
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
it was a bit too esoteric for me and i really only bought it because of the smog song.
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
i too prefer dylan's recent work. i just feel spooky like that.
Jan 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The best, and she keeps getting better ...
Catherine Altice
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rave on...
Jul 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I'll have to let this one sit for a while before I review.
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Best book I read all year; her reading of sections 13/14 of the title poem at the Vermont Studio Center in March 2008 was about as good as it gets. Better, actually. Never to be forgotten.

Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Spooky, disassociated, disembodied, re-embodied voices, peppered occasionally with song lyrics. A couple sections in "The Black Trailor" lost my attention, but overall I totally loved this.
Dec 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
brilliant and suffocating.
Vincent Scarpa
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Astonishing. Think my next tattoo will come from it. Highly recommended.
Jun 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
i got tired sometimes, but always got rejuvenated.
Sep 27, 2007 marked it as bought
thank you, ron.
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Alice Notley (born 8 November 1945) is an American poet.

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I serve the poem, no one.”
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