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The Bride of E


Mary Jo Bang


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Poems by the author of Elegy, Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry

The goblet mouth on the table speaks
To your thirst, saying, Longing, your longing, is infinite.
-from "H Is Here Is a Song, Now Sing"

In her sixth collection, The Bride of E, Mary Jo Bang uses a distinctive mix of humor and directness to sound the deepest sort of anguish: the existential condition. Timeless yet tirelessly inventive, Bang fashions her examination of the lived life into an abecedarius that is as rapturous in its language and music as it is affecting in its awareness of--and yearning for--what isn't there. The title of the first poem, "ABC Plus E: Cosmic Aloneness Is the Bride of Existence," posits the collection's central problem, and a symposium of figures from every register of our culture (from Plato to Pee-wee Herman, Mickey Mouse to Sartre) is assembled to help confront it. Riddled with insight, pathos, and wit, The Bride of E is a brilliant new work by one the most compelling poets of our time.

Praise For The Bride of E: Poems

“Mary Jo Bang is writing the English of our second millennium, worthy of the first: indeed, traipsing the chasm between!” —Richard Howard

“Mary Jo Bang's poems are musically virtuosic, fearlessly revealing, and achingly sad.” —Kevin Prufer, Critical Mass

Graywolf Press, 9781555975395, 96pp.

Publication Date: September 29, 2009

About the Author

Mary Jo Bang is the author of five previous books of poetry, including Louise in Love, The Eye Like a Strange Balloon, and Elegy, which won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and was named a 2008 New York Times Notable Book. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where she is a Professor of English and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Washington University.