For the Ride


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Penguin Books
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Alice Notley was born in Bisbee, Arizona, in 1945 and grew up in Needles, California. She is the author of more than thirty-five books of poetry, including Mysteries of Small Houses (Penguin, 1998, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize); Disobedience (Penguin, 2001, winner of the Griffin Prize); and Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970-2005, which received the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Her honors also include an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. She lives and works in Paris.


Praise for For the Ride

"With its mess of divergent voices, picture-poems, and eccentric locutions, [For the Ride] is baffling, beautiful, and always fascinatingly Notley . . . It's refreshing to read poetry so dedicated to its own ends . . . as long as conformity threatens, Notley will continue to push against it, or perhaps simply beyond it. Her work warns of the ways in which our civilization and its conventional stories have failed us, but it's also a reminder that the endless resources of language remain for those who have a little nerve." --David Wallace, The New Yorker

"Alice Notley's best work feels [...] intensely recursive, almost too good to read . . . There is joy throughout the book, in Notleyish lines like 'Stars look like the word stars, / really do ... and sparkle is better as its word.' I love that." --Elisa Gabbert, The New York Times Book Review

"[For the Ride] is a postapocalyptic adventure into an unspecified future . . . [that] quickly accelerates into a trans-dimensional and gender-defying odyssey . . . A challenging, visionary work." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Alice Notley is a disobedient medium: the dead speak through her and she speaks back. Sometimes she's a poet of intimate address, sometimes of epic sweep. Notley's formal experiments allow us to make contact with poetry's originary and anarchic force." --Ben Lerner, National Book Award finalist and author of No Art

"[Notley's] effort pays off brilliantly. It's easy to feel the poet reaching ecstatically for whatever tool will express the radical moment: concrete poetic images, foreign languages, colloquialisms, and unexpected humor." --Booklist

"Written in a breathless e.e. cummings style, the poem fractures the rules of spelling, grammar, syntax, and formal poetry . . . it also brims with fresh, vibrant metaphors and irony, not the least being the religious innuendos that permeate the text. For sophisticated readers of poetry." --Library Journal