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Moving by Bernadette Mayer
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Bernadette Mayer interests me. She even interests me alot. But I can't put my finger on why. I've read another bk by her called "Studying Hunger" that has a photograph of her face on the cover. It was taken while she was fasting. Her eyes seem very clear, she seems very alert. I've fasted many times, I know the feeling & recognize the expression. I find it fantastically attractive. "Moving" has that word on the front & "Jungle" on the back. An inside page has "Moving" & "The Jungle" so one might think this bk's called "Moving the Jungle" or "Jungle Moving" but, apparently, it's not. Anyway, I seem to have a strong emotional reaction to this: I see the cover, it's black & white, there's a framing device of a Kodak gray scale chart, Mayer's face is there, there's something about it that seems startlingly intelligent & alive. The bk is slightly oddly sized: 8 inches by 9&7/8 inches. It's like I immediately 'fall in love' w/ her based on non-pheremonal signals.

The form of the work starts out in a standard enuf 'poetic' way w/ line breaks & indentations that aren't paragraph based.. but by the 3rd page the form starts to vacillate between the initial form & borderline paragraphs. What happened? Whatever it is, it's somehow potent for me. I don't remember reading this at all but I'm sure I must have b/c ever since "Studying Hunger" Mayer has fascinated me. I'm sure everything that's passed by me by her I've read searching for some kind of clue, a clue about why she seems so alive to me..
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Eddie Watkins A few years ago I read about her experience with having a brain tumor and I think chemo, and even under those conditions she had enough spirit to be fascinated how a brain tumor would affect her dreams and she kept a dream journal to study it. As far as I know she's ok now.


tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE Thanks for that! Oddly?, that completely fits my impression of her & fits why I find her so fascinating. I'd like to think that if I had a brain tumor I'd write about my dreams too! Not sure I'd get chemo, though. My friends wd probably have to insist that I'm too young to die.


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