Milkweed Smithereens-9780811229227

Milkweed Smithereens by Mayer, Bernadette

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Author: Mayer, Bernadette

Literature: history & criticism

Published on 18 November 2022 by New Directions Publishing Corporation in the United States.

Paperback | 96 pages
152 x 229 x 9 | 144g

Milkweed Smithereens gathers lively, wickedly smart, intimate, and indelible Bernadette Mayer poems: the volume ranges from brand-new nature poems, pastiches, sequences, epigrams, and excerpts from her Covid Diary and Second World of Nature to early poems and sonnets found in the attic or rooted out in the UC San Diego archive. The world of nature and the pandemic loom large, as in her 'The Lobelias of Fear': ...but how will we, still alive, socialize in the winter? wrapped in bear skins we'll sit around pot-bellied stoves eating the lobelias of fear left over from desperation, last summer's woodland sunflowers and bee balm remind us of black cherries eaten in a hurry while the yard grows in the moonlight shrinking like a salary ...