Louise in Love by Mary Jo Bang

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In this stunning new collection of poems, Mary Jo Bang jettisons the reader into the dreamlike world of Louise, a woman in love. With language delicate, smooth, and wryly funny, Louise is on a voyage without destination, traveling with a cast of enigmatic others, including her lover, Ham. Louise is as musical as she is mysterious and the reader is invited to listen. In her world, anything goes, provided it is breathtaking. Bang, whose first collection was the prize-winning Apology for Want, both parodies and pays homage to the lyric tradition, borrowing its lush music and dramatic structure to give new voice to the old concerns of the late Romantic poets. Louise in Love is a dramatic postmodern verse-novel with an eloquent free-floating narration. The poems, rife with literary allusion, take journeys to distant lands. And, like anyone on a voyage without a destination, they are endlessly questioning of the enigmatic world around them.

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Mary Jo Bang is the author of four previous books of poetry, including "Louise in Love" and "The Eye Like a Strange Balloon," She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where she is director of the creative writing program at Washington University.
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 97 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Like many of the louche denizens of Brooks's era, Bang's characters can overdo the alliteration and borrowing of musicality of foreign languages, whether French or Italian: ""Louise dreamed a clowder of cats was eating yesterday's dinner.../ December, a drear pentimento--unveiling the mouth....""...

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Carol’s stature as a poet has long been established and her appointment last December as poet laureate of California only served to make concrete what she has always demonstrated: her leadership, her activism as a poet-citizen (at the bottom, see her read from her book Channeling Mark Twain) .

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