This powerful collection of poems from Laura Mullen is the edgy, unashamedly experimental, and formally inventive book of a poet who has found her way to her own voice or style--or rather voices and styles, for there are several. The poems of After I Was Dead develop harmonically rather than melodically: they leap from one register, one voice, one tone to another in deft juxtapositions that carry narrative only incidentally, destabilizing traditional notions of development. These poems are honed by a fine intelligence into elegant, sometimes funny art, as in "Autumn" "Her hair, brown. / Her specialty, damage. / Her specialty, becoming / Something else. Her hair, falling / Leaves, leaf rot, and then soil." Through her rediscovery of the freedom Emily Dickinson located in being "dead" (in writing from over the border of an already recognized erasure), Mullen increases the territory of the contemporary poem.
Author: Laura Mullen Publisher: University of Georgia Press Published: 08/01/2008 Pages: 120 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.35lbs Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.28d ISBN: 9780820332789
About the Author Laura Mullen is a professor of creative writing at Louisiana State University. Her other books of poetry include "Subject" and "The Surface," the latter of which was selected for publication in the prestigious National Poetry Series. Her poems have appeared in many major literary journals including the "New Yorker," "New American Writing," "Boston Literary Review," and the "Denver Quarterly."