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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 character and T.S. Eliot's 1922 modernist poem. Alice is accosted by an invisible Voice as she wanders and wonders about the nature of language in relation to perception. In this volume, Lauterbach again shows the range of her formal inventiveness, demonstrating the visual dynamics of the page in tandem with the powerful musical cadences and imagery of a contemporary master.

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"This ninth collection of poetry finds Lauterbach doing what she does best, anchoring her roving eye and associative thinking among the banalities and raptures of a mature urban life. If her banalities, often comically deployed, are sometimes merely that ('There are new blinds on the windows across the way'), her raptures, often in the form of physical description, can truly exhilarate and sound like no one else's: 'as the sun sets, tiny distinctions appear among luminosities, sky, river, car, white fence, yellow lights of passing cars, pale stone of the graves.' Less rhapsodic than usual, Lauterbach may apologize for 'not making meaning,' but when she does make it, she reveals a gift for impeccably phrased insight: 'one falls in love/ with the condition of hope// and falls out of love with its/ cruel replacement, hope....' Highlights of the book include its title poem, a breathtaking, understated 14-part elegy, and the centerpiece, 'Alice in the Wasteland,' a playful semiotic dialogue that finds Carroll's Alice interrogated by an impersonal 'Voice' as she wanders through Eliot's labyrinth of dysfunction. Intelligent but no less deeply feeling, this collection confirms Lauterbach's position as one of the most highly principled and tirelessly innovative poets writing today." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Ann Lauterbach is Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College, where she has also been, since 1991, co-chair of writing in the Milton Avery School of the Arts. She is also a visiting core critic at the Yale Graduate School of the Arts. As well as receiving Guggenheim, New York State Foundation for the Arts, and Ingram Merrill Fellowships, she was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1995. S he has published eight collections of poems, most recently Hum, as well as a book of essays, The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience.

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easyreeder, July 28, 2009 (view all comments by easyreeder)
And a better, brilliant mash-up ...

Lauterbach's piercing intelligence—full of dry wit, deft insight and patience in calamity—is exactly why we read books.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143115205
Author:
Lauterbach, Ann
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Poets, Penguin
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9.16x6.18x.36 in. .46 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This ninth collection of poetry finds Lauterbach doing what she does best, anchoring her roving eye and associative thinking among the banalities and raptures of a mature urban life. If her banalities, often comically deployed, are sometimes merely that ('There are new blinds on the windows across the way'), her raptures, often in the form of physical description, can truly exhilarate and sound like no one else's: 'as the sun sets, tiny distinctions appear among luminosities, sky, river, car, white fence, yellow lights of passing cars, pale stone of the graves.' Less rhapsodic than usual, Lauterbach may apologize for 'not making meaning,' but when she does make it, she reveals a gift for impeccably phrased insight: 'one falls in love/ with the condition of hope// and falls out of love with its/ cruel replacement, hope....' Highlights of the book include its title poem, a breathtaking, understated 14-part elegy, and the centerpiece, 'Alice in the Wasteland,' a playful semiotic dialogue that finds Carroll's Alice interrogated by an impersonal 'Voice' as she wanders through Eliot's labyrinth of dysfunction. Intelligent but no less deeply feeling, this collection confirms Lauterbach's position as one of the most highly principled and tirelessly innovative poets writing today." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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