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Mysteries of Small Houses (Penguin Poets)

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Alice Notley vividly reconstructs the mysteries, longings, and emotions of her past in this brilliant new collection of poems that charts her growth from young girl to young woman to accomplished artist. In this volume, memories of her childhood in the California desert spring to life through evocative renderings of the American landscape, circa 1950. Likewise, her coming of age as a poet in the turbulent sixties is evoked through the era's angry, creative energy. As she looks backward with the perspective that time and age allows, Notley ably captures the immediacy of youth's passion while offering her own dry-eyed interpretations of the events of a life lived close to the bone. Like the colorful collages she assembles from paper and other found materials, Notley erects structures of image and feeling to house the memories that swirl around her in the present. In their feverish, intelligent renderings of moments both precise and ephemeral, Notley's poems manage to mirror and transcend the times they evoke. Her profound tributes to the stages of her life and to the identities she has assumed—child, youth, lover, poet, wife, mother, friend, and widow—are remarkable for their insight and wisdom, and for the courage of their unblinking gaze.

About the Author

Alice Notley is a poet whose twenty previous titles include The Descent of Alette, Beginning with a Stain, Homer's Art, and Selected Poems. She wrote the introduction for her late first husband Ted Berrigan's Selected Poems. She lives in Paris.

Table of Contents

mysteries of small houses Would Want to Be In My Wildlife

House of Self

I'm Just Rigid Enough

Kiss of Fire

One of the Longest Times

The Future May Contain Me More

Synchronous Chronology

The Obnoxious Truth

Requiem for the First Half of Split

Experience

1965

Prophet's Job

As Good as Anything

"Go In and Out the Window"

April Not an Inventory but a Blizzard

1970

Choosing Styles—1972

Not Child

A Baby Is Born Out of a White Owl's Forehead—1972

They Cut Out Her Eye and So She Dosen't Know If It's Real

Diversey Street

I Must Have Called and So He Comes

Colors—1973

Waveland (Back in Chicago)

Collage

"Bring Me a Pea Jacket and Sandwiches"

The Howling Saint T-Shirt

Place Myself in New York (Need One More There)

The Trouble with You Girls

Self ' 78 Speak

1979 A Dream

The Year of the Premonitory Dream That Ted and Steve Left Me

Hematite Heirloom Lives On (Maybe December 1980)

C. '81

Gladly Though I Lost It and Knew I Would

How We Spent the Last Year of His Life

The Common Ground Ask Anyone You Know

Point of Fidelity

I—Towards a Definition

II—The Person That You Were Will Be Replaced

Flowers

A Metaphysics of Emotion

Becoming Egyptian

Mid-80's

You Can Give It Away

But In This World Together and Not Passing Away

The New York Human

I Am a Hardened Heart

The Brain Is a Toy but Loyalty's Metaphysical

Sept 17 / Aug 29, '88

Owls

Vertical Axis

The Tyrant

Alette

101

If I Didn't Shiver I Wouldn't Be Cold

In Needless and to Poet What Are Real Things

1992

New Dreams

47th Birthday

Bobby (First Visit Back to the States)

In the Basement of Claypool's Department Store

Going Back Mornings

Place Blanche

More Below a Dream Of

Remember What I Came Here to Do to This World Very Little Actually

Office

Mysteries of Small Houses

Lady Poverty

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140588965
Author:
Notley, Alice
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Poets, Penguin
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9.02x5.99x.46 in. .49 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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