Works and Days by Bernadette Mayer

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Such loose-woven verse is not for everyone. Yeats said that a finished poem should click shut like a box. Mayer’s ­poems never do; instead, they stay open — to her, to her populous, flowering world and to the readers who might complete, or imitate, or simply live with them...
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A brand spanking new collection, Works and Days is classic Bernadette Mayer: fresh, learned, exciting, and endlessly surprising

Part springtime journal (“why are there thorns?”), Works and Days meditates on the first wasps and chipmunks of the season, times’ passage, grackle hearts, and dandelions, while also collecting dozens of poems considering the Catholic Church, Sir Thomas Browne, “Go Away” welcome mats, books, floods (“never of dollar money”), the invention of words, local politics, friendships, property development, dogs, and Hesiod. Every page delights. As the poet herself notes: “My name is Bernadette Mayer, sometimes / I am at the head of my class.”
 

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Published June 28, 2016 by New Directions. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Stephen Burt on Sep 09 2016

Such loose-woven verse is not for everyone. Yeats said that a finished poem should click shut like a box. Mayer’s ­poems never do; instead, they stay open — to her, to her populous, flowering world and to the readers who might complete, or imitate, or simply live with them...

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