Scarlet TanagerBook - 2005
Comprised almost entirely of never-before-collected poems, Scarlet Tanager is Bernadette Mayer's first collection of new work in nearly a decade. Called "magnificent" by John Ashbery and "consummate" by Robert Creeley. Mayer mixes together delightful epigrams ("What it means to be a mammal / sexually /it's cute"), long-line free verse, and her astonishing sonnets. There are also curious, extremely witty translations of Mayer poems into joking, free-style French, which are then re-translated back into English, landing quite some ways from the original. There is no one writing today who can touch Bernadette Mayer for sheer pleasure and indelible brilliance.
Publisher: New York : New Directions Book, 2005.
Branch Call Number: 811.54
Characteristics: 117 p. ; 23 cm.
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