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Poems [Kindle Edition]

Yvonne Rainer
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Book Description

"Since the early ‘60s, no artist has explored the boundaries of the idea that 'Art imitates life' more fully than Yvonne Rainer." --Artforum

"Here a simple, steady cadence provides procedural measure for simple, pared-down words, [plain] yet elegant turns that move the eyes forward, across, and down the page.” --Tim Griffin, "Keep moving: the poems of Yvonne Rainer"

Poems is a collection of never before published poetry by choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer. Full of wit and candor, Poems offers a window into the life and mind of one of America’s greatest living artists. A selection of images curated by Rainer accompanies the writing as well as an introduction by poet and critic Tim Griffin.

About the Author
Yvonne Rainer was born in San Francisco in 1934. She trained as a modern dancer in New York and was one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater in l962, a movement that proved to be a vital force in modern dance and art in the following decades. Since 1972, Rainer has completed seven feature-length films. She has received numerous awards and fellowships for her work, including two Guggenheim Fellowships (1969, 1988), a MacArthur Fellowship (1990-95), and a Wexner Prize (1995). A memoir, Feelings are Facts: a Life, was published in 2006.


Product Details

  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 76 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Badlands Unlimited (July 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EIBPAC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,336 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended October 5, 2011
A friend gave me this book as a present. She didn't know I wasn't a big fan of poetry. I was happily surprised by how much I enjoyed Yvonne Rainer's poems, which balance a vivid and sober portrait of reality with a conceptual profundity you hope to find in poetry. My favorite is about a woman's fight with her cat. 'Animals' starts with two lovers in bed, until I realized it's not two lovers, but a playful war between a loving cat owner and her macho cat. On the way to the closet we fly to Africa and watch a cheetah dismember its prey. The fight ends with a torn up arm and an indifferent cat. Or was that her lover? These poems are elegant and simple in form, yet inspire complex and savory associations. Highly recommended to anyone who
hopes to enjoy poetry but rarely does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars poems by yvonne rainer September 25, 2011
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Yvonne Rainer's Poems speaks of fragments of memories desiring to understand their connection to the present. Yvonne Rainer is a dancer, but she's also a poet and the connection between both time-based mediums is present in her verse.

Rainer layers memories, symbols, and fragments of narrative in her poetry to create a physical yet dreamy environment. There are love poems and poems about nervousness and poems about friendships. Rainer incorporates cold nights, foreign spaces, strangers, and old friends with the imagery of the metropolitan of NYC and the streets of Southern Spain; trying to connect herself with the imagining of the ancestors that were once there. We experience alongside her as she reflects on new-found pleasures revisiting people, places, and things.

The powerful thing about Poems as an e-book, is that aside from great verse, it also features audio clips of Yvonne Rainer reading some of her poems. "Trio A," which calls forth her minimal dance piece of the same name, speaks to the intrinsic poetry in the calculated movements of the body. Like her dances, Poems feels like a performance in the digital landscape of an e-book.

Poems combines both past and future in the present through the instrument of poetry. There are a lot of memories and hope to be found through Rainer's Poems; an inspirational journey on wondering and wandering. Readers may likewise feel as if they are wandering in Yvonne Rainer's Poems, where "from here to eternity we've only to coast."
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5.0 out of 5 stars October 18, 2011 October 18, 2011
Poems by Yvonne Rainer collects a series of writings where the banal is considered and mystified. Her writing style consists of short bursts of words, separated by line breaks, which point the reader towards an abstract just beyond the printed line. Our daily actions are put into focus and reveal within themselves a hidden ambiguity perpetrated by their routine enactments. A motion is invested into these lines, one which must be carried forward by the reader to render them comprehensible.

"I must go home again / earlier battles beckon"

Rainer provides in each poem an implied location, for the most part New York City, and time, which vary from the late 70s and late 90s to the present day, and instructs us to move and dance within them. Sometimes, the instruction is made literal with the use of parentheses, but mostly comes in the form of a considered action. Interspersed within all this are references to political movements, where their impact is imported onto our daily lives. No big event actually happens, but the issues seem to seep into our lives in a nuanced way. Rainer instructs us to engage with these political subjects, but in an unconventional manner, providing a very fitting narrative of the present day New York City.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside YR's Poems March 8, 2012
"I really like this" is what I SOLed to myself (SOL=Said Out Loud) after skipping through the Introduction and getting through a few of her poems. One can sense a quietness in them, perhaps the introversion that seeps into the pages. Each piece is a carefully formed lines with words with candor and intimacy. Rainer write about her feelings, her observations, memories and events in her life, and sometimes it's beautiful, sometimes it's sad, sometimes it's humorous, cryptic, or all of that all at once. And it always feels personal. It's like reading a diary of someone special. And everyone loves a sneak a peek in a journal, like The Diary of Anne Frank (bad example?)/
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