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Poetry State Forest

Bernadette Mayer


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“One of the most interesting, exciting, and open of late-20th century experimental poets.”—Tom Clark, San Francisco Chronicle

Bernadette Mayer mixes together nature poems, pastiches, sonnets, prose poetry, and epigrams to create Poetry State Forest.

Praise For Poetry State Forest

It offers warm welcome: it comes straight out of the ground and is loaded with good humor.
— Jason Morris - The Guardian

All her work is full of brilliant observations, humorous and sometimes astounding conclusions, and amazing juxtapositions inspired by linguistic associations, patterns of movement, chance, mathematics, whim, and imagination.
— Michael Lally - The Washington Post

The richness of life & time as they happen to us in tiny explosions all the time are grasped and held up for us to view in [her] magnificent work.
— John Ashbery

New Directions, 9780811217231

Publication Date: November 17, 2008

About the Author

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.