A Doll for Throwing: Poems

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6.0 X 0.2 X 9.0 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author
Mary Jo Bang has published seven poetry collections, including The Last Two Seconds; Elegy, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and an acclaimed translation of Dante's Inferno. She teaches at Washington University in Saint Louis.

"Mary Jo Bang bends and tosses ideas as easily as one would a Wurfpuppe, a flexible doll created by Bauhaus artist Alma
Siedhoff-Buscher that always landed with grace when thrown."--The Washington Post

"Daring, direct, and always-surprising poetry. . . . A Doll for Throwing explores the political alongside the personal: nostalgia, xenophobia, and political extremism; art, marriage, and loss."--Bustle

"Brilliant. . . . While A Doll for Throwing is an urgent work of art history and archival research, it also speaks directly to the present."--Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

"The philosophy guiding each [poem] along is so staggering--so sweeping--that I've found myself returning to it again and again."--Caitlin Youngquist, The Paris Review Staff Picks

"Many of these prose poems are dream-like, philosophical takes that require time and reflection. . . . Bang can make her narrators find the surreal moments from their pasts that ring curiously true."--The Millions

"[Mary Jo Bang] rocks the world with this unmatchable new book inspired by the "Bauhaus" movement. . . . These intriguing poems are sometimes pieces so we get the edge of a relationship, as memory works, or part of a prism. Breaking old forms to create new ones makes for robust writing. I'm not sure what the poet expected to do; but whatever it was she accomplished it--she's bringing it--perhaps for the future of poetry."--Washington Independent Review of Books

"A haunting exploration of a past world whose terrors still ring true today, A Doll for Throwing testifies to the permanency of art [and] the value in creating."--Ms. Magazine

"Coldly beautiful and relentlessly quotable."--Poets.org

"A Doll for Throwing is an exhumation of an archive. It is a Wunderkammer of image-poems dedicated to displaying people and things, circling back round to them from different angles with a photographer's eye."--Music & Literature

"Bang's impeccable collection reads as a 'circular mirror of the social order, ' reflecting the historicity of our current moment with wit, subtlety, and grace."--Publishers Weekly, starred review