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A Gathering of Matter kindle ☆ a Matter of Gathering ´ randarenewables È Dawn Lundy Martin’s work is neither language poetry which rejects the speaking subject nor strictly lyric which embraces the speaking “I” It might best be described as poetry where in the words of Juliana Spahr “theAre neither gentle nor easy but they make a powerful case that neither gentleness nor easiness is appropriate in the attempt to contend with the trauma and violence that are an inescapable part of human history and human experience Martin’s book acknowledges the difficulty but not the impossibility of utterance in trauma’s wake and it ventures into the unimaginable at many levels from the personal to the cultur Prepare for the 2010 Poets Forum in New York City October 28 30 by reading Martin's newest book of poetry and check out the Poets Forum 2010 bookshelf for the latest collections by each of the poets participating in the Poets Forum Happy reading

mobi Ò a Matter of Gathering ↠ Dawn Lundy Martin

Dawn Lundy Martin’s work is neither language poetry which rejects the speaking subject nor strictly lyric which embraces the speaking “I” It might best be described as poetry where in the words of Juliana Spahr “the lyric meets language” both an investigation into the opacity of language and the expression of a passionate speaker who struggles to speak meaningfullyMartin’s poems bend the form into someth Review forthcoming

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A Gathering of Matter a Matter of GatheringIng new seeking a way to approach the horrific and its effect on the psyche fully than might be possible in the worn groove of the traditional lyric Her formal inventiveness is balanced by a firm grounding in bodily experience and in the amazing capacity of language to expand itself in Martin’s hands She explodes any pretense at a world where words mean exactly what we want them to mean and never nor lessThe poems Recommended by Natalie Martinez35 starsI will make no pretense about my relationship with poetry I don't love it and mostly I don't love it because every single poetry instructor I ever had drove home the high school reading of poetry ie it means what I say it means I will make no pretense about my ability to assess in an objective way as I am the poet illiterati But I love that my pal Natalie continues to challenge me by recommending poetry to me because poetry IS challenging It is learning to read in a different way and learning to read different content I embrace that challenge and want to honor it So here's what I can do with this challenge I can talk about how the poems make me feel what they make me think about and how they are are not successful in evoking strong images I will also try and mentally connect the book to Natalie ie what does she find engaging useful or artistic about the work So thank you for bearing with me during this reviewI was struck initially by this line on the back of the book Martin's poems bend the form into something new seeking a way to approach the horrific and its effect on the psyche fully than might be possible in the worn groove of the traditional lyric Starting with the death of a father figure in the first poem the captured smells and sounds of sitting with the body is incredibly tangible It evokes the Southern gothic of my youth firing images of A Rose for Emily Having spent many days in sick rooms and rooms with dead bodies in them I know exactly of the way that the geography of a space is forever altered by the lossThat tangibility shifts into a love poem The Symbolic Nature of Chaos But this is not a love poem found on a Hallmark card This is a love poem of a different sort lust becomes the apocalypse with upheavals of landscape and upheavals of body with bodily betrayals masuerading as gothic mansions of the heart hurtling through space in the arms of cyclones a graceless figure with unexuberant claws 7 After the Death of a Young Poet begins a series of poems about black identity Imagery includes pulling skin off like an orange rind you peel However the inner conflict keeps one from pulling completely There is also a contrasting of soft and hard body parts for protection uestioning What is it like to feel female Explicitly A body that feeds Is food Is gnawed on One that kneels A facilitator Organized joy A corporeal caving in arranging the joist CooingA body is acted on and acts on the bodies of others But we are than just our bodieswe have to be don't we Intersections of identities collide haunting the narrative voice Blackness must communicate with femaleness and then those identities collide with the identities of those of their lovers This is the stuff of modern fantasy worlds unfold lovers come together evil lurks to challenge the sheroesThose sheroes wander the landscape of the apocalypse fighting viscerally than tangibly to maintain themselves in a world of chaos Copper scented bloody battles of the mind are the strength of Martin these internal metaphorical battles and I can't help but imagine this taking place in McCarthy's THE ROAD or existing as a side story in a MAD MAX movieMy only uibble is that thematically the book falls apart by the end While there might be intense hyperbole here around doing something new ie and this mig