By Mary Jo Bang
The beautiful new assortment by way of the award-winning poet Mary Jo Bang, writer of The final Seconds and Elegy
We have been ridiculous—me, with my excessive jinks and hat. Him, along with his boredom and drink. i glance again now and notice structures so thick that the existence i presumed i used to be making then is not anything yet interlocking angles and above them, that blot of grey sky I occasionally observed. beneath is the sting of what wasn’t identified then. while i'd pass. while i'd come again. What i might be when.
—from “One Glass Negative”
A Doll for Throwing takes its identify from the Bauhaus artist Alma Siedhoff-Buscher’s Wurfpuppe, a versatile and sturdy woven doll that, if thrown, may land with grace. A ventriloquist can also be stated to “throw” her voice right into a doll that rests at the knee. Mary Jo Bang’s prose poems during this interesting e-book create a speaker who have been part of the Bauhaus institution in Germany a century in the past and who had additionally obvious the school’s cave in whilst it was once close by means of the Nazis in 1933. considering the fact that this speaker isn't anyone yet just a build, she is usually both alive within the current and provides voice to the stipulations of either time sessions: nostalgia, xenophobia, and political extremism. The lifetime of the Bauhaus photographer Lucia Moholy echoes throughout those poems—the finish of her marriage, the lack of her negatives, and her attempt to proceed to make paintings and be recognized for having made it.
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