A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering: Poems

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University of Georgia Press
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5.4 X 0.4 X 8.3 inches | 0.2 pounds
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About the Author

Dawn Lundy Martin is completing her PhD in English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is an instructor for the Language and Thinking program at Bard College. She is cofounder of the Third Wave Foundation, a national organization for young feminists, and coeditor with Vivien Labaton of "The Fire This Time."


A deep and exhausting exploration of the human body and every possible equation regarding gender, identity, race, and sexuality. It is obvious this prose poet has done something unique.

--Bloomsbury Review

It is the leap, not necessarily the landing, that forces risk and invention. Martin has taken such a leap and, in the process, invented new ways in which to engage and experience language. A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering is an ambitious debut book of poems that does not consult with convention, but rather vehemently argues with it. And, there is something very elegant, ugly, honest, unpleasant and right-minded about Martin's reasoning. . . . With ingenious forms that will test the patience of the most delicate reader of poetry, hers is a persuasive, alternative version void of pretension and artificiality. The authority with which Martin, a newly published poet, writes will astound readers and reviewers alike. And, by the likes of A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering, we can expect many more pleasant surprises from this promising, award-winning poet.

--Nicole Sealey "Mosaic Magazine "

A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering is a long song of bodily bereavement--staccato, bracket studded, gruff, brusque. It maps a stark, disconsolate landscape in which bodied resounds with bloodied, 'a song no longer a song.' Jagged vantage, rhythmic aplomb, and an always agile colloquy of image and assertion make for a most auspicious debut.

--Nathaniel Mackey "author of Splay Anthem "