Proper Name & Other Stories (Paperback)

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Proper Name & Other Stories (Paperback)

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Proper Name collects for the first time the inimitable stories of Bernadette Mayer—"one of the most original writers of her generation" (The Washington Post).


The nineteen narratives of Proper Name include "My Excellent Novel," "Ice Cube Epigrams," "Essay: How Carefully Do We Tend?" and "Juan Gave Nora a Pomegranate." Mayer's structural inventions are terrific and unique. As Fanny Howe remarked in The American Book Review, "In a language made up of idiom and lyricism, Mayer cancels the boundaries between prose and poetry."



Called “a consummate poet” by Robert Creeley, Bernadette Mayer was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1945. A most prolific poet, her first book was published at the age of twenty-three. Many texts later she continues to write progressive poetry from her home in East Nassau, New York. For many years Mayer lived and worked on the Lower East Side of Manhattan where she was the Director of St. Mark’s Poetry Project from 1980-1984. Bernadette Mayer has received grants and awards from PEN American Center, The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, the NEA, The Academy of American Poets, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Product Details ISBN: 9780811213257
ISBN-10: 0811213250
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: June 17th, 1996
Language: English
Series: New Directions Paperback; 824