A gathering of matter, a matter of gathering

by Martin, Dawn Lundy,

Format: Print Book 2007
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3613.A7779 G38 2007
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PS3613.A7779 G38 2007

Dawn Lundy Martin's work is neither language poetry, which rejects the speaking subject, nor strictly lyric, which embraces the speaking "I." It might best be described as poetry where, in the words of Juliana Spahr, "the lyric meets language"--both an investigation into the opacity of language and the expression of a passionate speaker who struggles to speak meaningfully.

Martin's poems bend the form into something new, seeking a way to approach the horrific and its effect on the psyche more fully than might be possible in the worn groove of the traditional lyric. Her formal inventiveness is balanced by a firm grounding in bodily experience and in the amazing capacity of language to expand itself in Martin's hands. She explodes any pretense at a world where words mean exactly what we want them to mean and never more nor less.

The poems are neither gentle nor easy, but they make a powerful case that neither gentleness nor easiness is appropriate in the attempt to contend with the trauma and violence that are an inescapable part of human history and human experience. Martin's book acknowledges the difficulty but not the impossibility of utterance in trauma's wake, and it ventures into the unimaginable at many levels, from the personal to the cultural.

Last days
The symbolic nature of chaos
After the death of a young poet
Negrotizing in five; or, How to write a Black poem
Blackface caricature in thirteen
After drowning
Mirror, mirror
Butterflies become
The undress
Violent rooms
The morning hour
Every man, woman, child
Fire Island: Summer 2005
Bearers of arms: 1775-1783
A bleeding, an autobiographical tale
Sunday lessons
A mythology of melancholy
Telling tales.

Additional Information
Subjects Poetry.
Publisher Athens :The University of Georgia Press,2007
Language English
Notes "Winner of the 2006 Cave Canem Poetry Prize"--Preliminary page.
Description 50 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780820329918
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