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In the Pines (Penguin Poets)

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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 writing completely." The title piece, a folksong-like lament, makes a unified tale out of many stories of many people; the middle section, "The Black Trailor," is a compilation of noir fictions and reflections; while the shorter poems of "Hemostatic" range from tough lyrics to sung dramas. Full of curative power, music, and the possibility of transformation, In the Pines is a genre- bending book from one of our most innovative writers.

Review:

"Notley takes the title of her 30-somethingth collection from a notorious American folk song: a man tries to get his lover to admit she's been unfaithful, asking her where she's slept, and her ambiguous answer — 'in the pines' — only makes things worse. That menacing rhetorical moment informs the whole of this searing collection, which is part autobiography, part riposte to literary culture, and part lyrical reclamation of feminist territory. The at times deliberately ugly long opening title poem is a grotesque's monologue that shades into omniscience — 'All I am is this. So all of writing is changed' — and back to embodiment: 'It's almost a story or a poem but it's really a song because it's ripping me apart.' Suffused with pain and white-hot accusatory anger, the poem delves into illness, death, love, and being 'defective' in a manner that's almost unbearable to read, and which makes dazzling shifts in perspective that keep it rising like a house of cards, or a life. The two sections that follow — the prose poems of 'The Black Trailor' and the lyrics of 'Hemostatic' — amplify and expand the title piece, reverberating 'in this crushed out room where/ all times come,' giving the book a crushing yet sad and graceful symmetry. This master poet continues to inspire and challenge." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Alice Notley has published more than twenty-five collections of poems. Mysteries of Small Houses (1998) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She has received the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Award for poetry, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Table of Contents

In The Pines In The Pines

The Black Trailor

The Black Trailor

Household

Entering the Jewel

The Old One

In Forgetting

God Has Money

In the Garden

Inside

Immigrants

This Plot

Conspiracy

Locust

Hemostatic

Hemostatic

Our Violent Times

LaDonna

When You Could Hear Them All the Time

The Girls

My Lady Shadow

Dialogue in the Glass Dimensions

The Portion Accruing to Ears

I Can't Speak to You

To Preachers

You Have No Idea

To the Poem

The Main Offense

In the Circuit

Song

Culture Scarf

Beneath You

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143112549
Author:
Notley, Alice
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Poets, Penguin
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.94x6.14x.36 in. .45 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Notley takes the title of her 30-somethingth collection from a notorious American folk song: a man tries to get his lover to admit she's been unfaithful, asking her where she's slept, and her ambiguous answer — 'in the pines' — only makes things worse. That menacing rhetorical moment informs the whole of this searing collection, which is part autobiography, part riposte to literary culture, and part lyrical reclamation of feminist territory. The at times deliberately ugly long opening title poem is a grotesque's monologue that shades into omniscience — 'All I am is this. So all of writing is changed' — and back to embodiment: 'It's almost a story or a poem but it's really a song because it's ripping me apart.' Suffused with pain and white-hot accusatory anger, the poem delves into illness, death, love, and being 'defective' in a manner that's almost unbearable to read, and which makes dazzling shifts in perspective that keep it rising like a house of cards, or a life. The two sections that follow — the prose poems of 'The Black Trailor' and the lyrics of 'Hemostatic' — amplify and expand the title piece, reverberating 'in this crushed out room where/ all times come,' giving the book a crushing yet sad and graceful symmetry. This master poet continues to inspire and challenge." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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