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The Prairie Winnows Out Its Own: River Country Of South Dakota Hardcover – December 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Iowa Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587296152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587296154
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,174,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"After decades of listening (enthralled, of course) to the knitted ribbon-dress observations of John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and James Schuyler, finally, the other serious ladies of the necessarily 'so called' New York School--Joan Mitchell, Barbara Guest, Bernadette Mayer, Alice Notley, and Eileen Myles--are invited to give their full throated response. Smart as a whip and fun as an after hours bar, Maggie Nelson gets fresh with heretofore queerly ignored matters poetic, aesthetic, and feminist. Rearranging the school's classroom seating, illuminating details, all the while demonstrating how crucial not caring is to care, Nelson remaps the 'one flow' of poetry. Let me blunt: reading her bravura study's like spying on Joan Jett taking Helen Vendler for a joyride."--Bruce Hainley

About the Author

Maggie Nelson is a poet and essayist on the faculty of the school of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts. She has published two books of poetry - Shiner and The Latest Winter - and a mixed-genre work about the 1969 murder of her aunt entitled Jane: A Murder. A third collection of poems, Something Bright, Then Holes, is forthcoming.

More About the Author

Maggie Nelson is a poet, critic, scholar, and creative nonfiction writer. She is the author of five books of nonfiction, including The Argonauts, a work of autobiography/theory forthcoming from Graywolf Press in May 2015; a landmark work of cultural, art, and literary criticism titled The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (Norton, 2011), which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and came out in paperback in August 2012; the cult classic Bluets (Wave Books, 2009); a memoir about her family, media spectacle, and sexual violence titled The Red Parts (Free Press, 2007); and a critical study of painting and poetry titled Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa, 2007; winner, the Susanne M. Glassock Award for Interdisciplinary Scholarship). Her books of poetry include Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007), Jane: A Murder (Soft Skull, 2005; finalist, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir), The Latest Winter (Hanging Loose Press, 2003), and Shiner (Hanging Loose, 2001). She has been the recipient of a 2012 Creative Capital Literature Fellowship, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and an Andy Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant. She currently teaches in the School of Critical Studies at CalArts and lives in Los Angeles.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Carmody on February 11, 2008
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Nelson's examination of the women of the NY School is not a distaff analysis, but a critical dilation of an otherwise false whole -- it is a book to be written on, and in, with the great joy that comes from great discovery.
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Award finalist poet Maggie Nelson presents Women, The New York School, and Other True Abstractions, an in-depth contemplation of women in and connected to the New York School of Poets from the 1950s to the present. Analyses of the work of Barbara Guest, Bernadette Mayer, Alice Notley, Eileen Myles, and abstract painter Joan Mitchell as well as feminist insights into a number of male New York School writers and artists offer new interpretations of issues of anonymity vs. publicity, solitary vs. communal existence, enduring vs. ephemeral aspects of life, domesticity, boredom, inspiration, sex, and politics. Above all, Women, The New York School, and Other True Abstrictions strives to have the reader reconsider the concepts of "schools" or "avant-garde", cutting down to the fundamental questions: why do we read, and how do our gender and sexuality affect our interpretations of what we read? "If there's one thing Mayer's work has to impart, it is a promotion of the paradoxical value of the gratuitous itself. To allow for this paradox - to pay attention to it, to admire it - is to salute that which is unpaid, uncalled for, unjustifiable, and, in a complex sense of the word, free." A small handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this thoughtful analysis, including an unusual gelatin silver print of a man masturbating.
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