Works and Days

Bernadette Mayer (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$15.95
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
June 28, 2016
Pages
112
Dimensions
5.9 X 0.4 X 8.8 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811225175
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About the Author

Bernadette Mayer was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received her B.A. from the New School for Social Research in 1967. She is the author of more than two dozen volumes of poetry including ETHICS OF SLEEP (2011), Poetry State Forest (2008), Scarlet Tanager (2005), Two Haloed Mourners (1998), ANOTHER SMASHED PINECONE (1998), Proper Name and Other Stories (1996), The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters (1994), The Bernadette Mayer Reader (1992), The Formal Field of Kissing (1990), Sonnets (1989), Midwinter Day (1982), The Golden Book of Words (1978), and CEREMONY LATIN (1964). From 1972 to 1974, Mayer and conceptual artist Vito Acconci edited the journal 0 TO 9, and in 1977 she established United Artists Press with the poet Lewis Warsh. She has taught writing workshops at The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in New York City for many years, and she served as the Poetry Project's director during the 1980s. Bernadette Mayer lives in East Nassau, New York.

Reviews

The richness of life & time as they happen to us in tiny explosions all the time are grasped and held up for us to view in her magnificent work.--John Ashbery
One of the most interesting, exciting, and open experimental poets.--Tom Clark
Love and the seasons and the exigencies and opportunities of daily survival are the inevitable occasions of a body of work that is as radical as it is Horatian, able as little else is both to delight and instruct.--Edwin Frank
Sly, spry and unpretentious...--Michael Robbins
Her latest collection, "Works and Days," which came out this June, is among her very best, colliding daily struggles (menstruation, money) with natural obsessions (blue herons, mushrooms) and big unanswerable questions (Is motherhood virtuous? Whither patriarchy?). All of this is undergirded by a hefty serving of irony... Mayer writes the kind of nonsense that makes sense, and sense that is nonsense: I can't think of a better centering device in these topsy-turvy times.--Daniel Wenger
Mayer's poetic career embodies that generous impulse: Most of her 20-odd books and collaborations show by effusive, charming, sometimes hyperbolic example how to reject any model of poetry that requires perfection and uptight isolation. Instead, her unrhymed sonnets, her seemingly slapdash odes, her versified diary entries let her, and her readers, live in the moment, opening us up to other people's cares and joys and -wishes and words, in the New York City art scene where she began and in the greener parts of New York State -- -"Albany and Rensselaer counties" -- that provide her territory now.--Stephen Burt
Works & Days shows a veteran poet as relentless innovator.--William Lessard