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With fearlessness and grace,Bough Down reports from deep inside the maelstrom of grief. In this profoundly beautiful and intensely moving lament, artist and writer Karen Green conjures the inscrutable space of love and loss, clarity and contradiction, sense and madness. She summons memory and the machination of the interior mind with the emotional acuity of music as she charts her passage through the devastation of her husband's suicide. In crystalline fragments of text, Green's voice is paradoxically confessional and non-confessional: moments in her journey are devastating but also luminous, exacting in sensation but also ambiguous and layered in meaning. Her world is haunted by the unnameable, and yet she renders that world with poetic precision in her struggle to make sense of not only of death but of living. In counterpoint, tiny visual collages punctuate the text, each made of salvaged language and scraps of the material world-pages torn from books, bits of paper refuse, drawings and photographs, old postage stamps and the albums which classify them. Each collage--and the creative act of making it--evinces the reassembling of life. A breathtaking lyric elegy, Bough Down uses music and silence, color and its absence, authority of experience and the doubt that trembles at its center to fulfill a humane artistic vision. This is a lapidary, keenly observed work, awash with the honesty of an open heart.

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Published April 30, 2013 by Siglio. 188 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Self Help, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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This poetry-prose hybrid attempts to deal with Green’s husband’s death, flitting back and forth in time as everything in the present dredges up memories of her husband. Scattered throughout are visual

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Los Angeles Review of Books

About the recurrent figure of “the jazz lady,” whose tribulations and lyricisms correspond to Green’s own, Green writes: “I don’t know if the jazz lady is in the first or third person.” We don’t know either, but it doesn’t matter — part of the book’s magic is that it seems to be written in a priv...

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Malinda Charter 22 Jul 2014

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