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Can the poet tear down the church of the mind? Can she empty out all the ugly furniture and leave just the beautiful flicker of color, light, and number? In this consciousness-bending endeavor, Notley brings us to the brink at the lit horizon of the future where we may feel the bite of the creature, and not be afraid. --Eleni Sikelianos<br /><br />The vital, improvisatory skills of Alice Notley never cease to astonish. She brings us the news straight from the neural network, as poetry is meant to do. --Michael Palmer<br /><br />This is an immense book, one in which Notley takes language, as she has it, 'from hearsay to heresy' by the speed and awe of an unwavering attention to the seams, seems and semes of words and sentences. This is the work of an iconoclast, a semioclast, where semantics become seme-antics, and the byz-antics and -antiques from Christianity to Christine are molten down & recast into 21st Century mental shapes in the red-hot heart-red retort of a present day alchemist of mind. Alice Notley has the uncanny ability to go from the everyday mundane to the psycho-cosmic in one warp-speed stutter or typo-graphical stumble, at what Andre Breton called 'la vitesse grand V.' This is writing of the highest order. --Pierre Joris

Can the poet tear down the church of the mind? Can she empty out all the ugly furniture and leave just the beautiful flicker of color, light, and number? In this consciousness-bending endeavor, Notley brings us to the brink at the lit horizon of the future where we may feel the bite of the creature, and not be afraid. --Eleni Sikelianos

The vital, improvisatory skills of Alice Notley never cease to astonish. She brings us the news straight from the neural network, as poetry is meant to do. --Michael Palmer

About the Author

Alice Notley (born 8 November 1945) is an American poet. She was born in Bisbee, Arizona and grew up in Needles, California. She received a B.A from Barnard College in 1967 and an M.F.A. from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1969. She married poet Ted Berrigan in 1972, with whom she was active in the Chicago poetry scene and with whom she had two sons. In the early 70s she became rooted in New York's Lower East Side, where she was an important force from 1976 through 1992. After Berrigan died in 1983, Notley raised their two sons in New York's East Village by herself for several years while continuing to develop her poetry. In 1992 she moved to Paris with her second husband, the British poet Douglas Oliver (1937-2000). She lives in Paris currently, making several trips to the United States each year to give readings and teach writing classes.
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