"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.