My Private Property

Author(s): Mary Ruefle

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Author of Madness, Rack, and Honey ("One of the wisest books I've read in years," according to the New York Times) and Trances of the Blast, Mary Ruefle continues to be one of the most dazzling poets in America. My Private Property, comprised of short prose pieces, is a brilliant and charming display of her humor, deep imagination, mindfulness, and play in a finely crafted edition. Personalia When I was young, a fortune-teller told me that an old woman who wanted to die had accidentally become lodged in my body. Slowly, over time, and taking great care in following esoteric instructions, including lavender baths and the ritual burial of keys in the backyard, I rid myself of her presence. Now I am an old woman who wants to die and lodged inside me is a young woman dying to live; I work on her. Mary Ruefle is the author of Trances of the Blast; Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism; and Selected Poems, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award. She has published ten other books of poetry, a book of prose (The Most of It), and a comic book, Go Home and Go to Bed!; she is also an erasure artist whose treatments of nineteenth-century texts have been exhibited in museums and galleries as well as published in the book A Little White Shadow.
Ruefle is the recipient of numerous honors, including an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Award. She lives in Bennington, Vermont and teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College.

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"What a civil, undomesticable, and heartening poet is Mary Ruefle: fond of experiment, but just as pleased to write of tilapia or county fairs; always novel, but never pandering to a mode; refusing neither the absurd nor the sublime. Any Ruefle poem is an occasion of resonant wit and language, subject to an exacting intelligence." --Rodney Jones, Poetry Society of America "We emerge from these poems, scathed and awakened." --Christina Davis, Poetry "No writer I know of comes close to even trying to articulate the weird magic of poetry as Ruefle does." --Weston Cutter, The Kenyon Review "Ruefle is clearly one of the best American poets writing, and her body of work is remarkable for its spiritual force, intelligence, stylistic virtuosity, and adventurousness." --Tony Hoagland, On the Seawall "[She is] a poet of visionary imagination, abiding sensitivity, and melancholy humor." --Publishers Weekly "Ruefle is the Poet Laureate of the City of Ideas--surreal and lyrical and deeply moving at the same time." --Michael Klein, Los Angeles Review of Books

Mary Ruefle is the author of "Trances of the Blast" (Wave Books, 2013), "Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures," a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism (Wave Books, 2012), and "Selected Poems" (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award. She has published ten other books of poetry, a book of prose ("The Most of It," Wave Books, 2008), and a comic book, "Go Home and Go to Bed!," (Pilot Books/Orange Table Comics, 2007); she is also an erasure artist, whose treatments of nineteenth century texts have been exhibited in museums and galleries, and include the publication of "A Little White Shadow" (Wave Books, 2006). Ruefle is the recipient of numerous honors, including an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Award. She lives in Bennington, Vermont, and teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College.

General Fields

  • : 9781940696386
  • : Wave Books
  • : Wave Books
  • : October 2016
  • : 197mm X 133mm X 8mm
  • : United States
  • : books

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  • : Mary Ruefle
  • : Hardback
  • : 811.54
  • : 128