Bernadette Mayer’s «Midwinter Day»: Dream of the («Extra»)Ordinary. 1. Imagining her self or, more specifically, how words have the power to give texture and. Midwinter Day [Bernadette Mayer] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Perhaps Bernadette Mayer’s greatest work, Midwinter Day was written. I had an idea to write a book that would prove the day like the dream has everything in it.” — Bernadette Mayer, Midwinter Day Today marks.

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Dec 23, Jimmy rated it it was amazing Shelves: It had been about a year since I first trudged my way through Mayer’s long poem, and yet I found that my general impressions hadn’t changed much. In fact, I doubt it was written in one day it took me all day just to read it, it is pages long.

Unlike a spoken conversation that can be misconstrued or colored by emotions, the letter is composed in tranquility, a recollection of thought that is more permanent simply by its object presence in the world. The notion of seeing and seeing clearly recurs throughout this section; Barthes noted that: When the day turns to night and Mayer ends the epic poem, we don’t really know what was particularly significant or meaningful about December 22nd. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Can we put into words what we imagine?

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They also bring to mind their function, which is quite literally to stand in the place of remembering. A Theory of Poetry.

Apr 28, Janmf rated it really liked it. Mayer taught at the New School for Social Research, where she earned her degree inand, during the s, she led a number of workshops at the Poetry Project at St. This movement from formal to free verse puts both forms side by side; Mayer demonstrates her ability to work this experiment in both modes.

The joy is what Mayer sees around her, and the need to get it in is almost a talismanic desire to ward off death with description. But again, her heart was in the right place.

There is the desire to both recount the dream and to participate in trying to analyze the dream: She returns to the lineage of the writer and the function of story: Mayer indulges in her lists again later in the section at the bookstore; 19 lines of book titles are listed with no comment other than to display in their listing the importance that Mayer gives these items.

This demonstrates how we, as writers can communicate the abstractions of the self. What is your substance and wherefore are you made That millions of strange shadows you tend? Walt Whitman comes to mind towards the end with her lists and her desire, it seems, to include dday whole world in this one day. Dec 20, Lee Razer rated it did not like it. In a sense the creation of this poem mirrors the creation of their lives together, and Mayer implies that the creation of poetry runs parallel with the actual living bernadeyte life.


Yet that’s precisely the mkdwinter, isn’t it? Second, Mayer pointedly replaces the concerns of the Joycean begnadette largely male and urban with the thoughts and actions of a woman caring jayer little children in a small town.

She tempts the reader to try and make sense of this jumble of stories piling up and this in turn prompts the reader to question the use of narrative in their own lives. Mar 11, Antonio Delgado rated it it was amazing. The threat is that the narrator has no control over the dream and therefore to tell it truthfully may reveal more than she is willing to share.

The events from the day before the dream are not made available to the reader. We were a ‘literary movement’ consisting mostly of University of Arizona poetry MFA students, but also some outliers like me.

Review – Bernadette Mayer, ‘Midwinter Day’

The metaphor is that writing is a game that through the use of mideinter can somehow be played to ward off death. This narration, though, is continuously plagued by neurotic doubts about the telling of these dreams. The list form emerges again as she draws a mental picture of their surroundings: Almost a berhadette of what poetry should never become.

With her hyper-autobiographical subject matter and her painstaking attention to detail, Mayer attempts to capture the experience of daily life in her poem, without destroying it.

If the goal is to capture the day, then the end of Section five represents the end of that day and for Mayer to turn towards midwinterr and its importance signals the intimate nature of this experiment. The traditional epic themes of action and struggles to overcome are not found here, and unlike epics, Midwinter Day circles closer and closer into the intimate view of the family rather than out towards a view of history or the tale of the tribe.

To find out bernadetet, including how to control cookies, see here: For all of the poem’s ingenuity, though, Mayer does remain invested in the concept of poetry as sincere expression, even if she recognizes it to be an unattainable ideal.

Midwinter Day [Excerpt]

imdwinter The paragraphs become expositions on both her immediate present and the memories of books read that this present stirs up, and the two seem to be disparate but in fact illustrate the circuitous nature of memory and midwinteg.

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The first poet would write for a day and we had several things each poet had to do in the course of the day, to add to the challenge, like visiting the zoo, or visiting one of the other ZooPo poetsand we had a baton that the poet would pass on to the next poet at the designated hour, whereupon the next poet will bernadett to write a book of poems in the next 24 hours.

She is also flexible in terms of her lexical choice.

For even though I’m a bespectacled young atheist from the 21th century, I fancy that I can on some level relate to the puffed-up masculinity of Homer, the imaginative theology of Milton. Here, the poet walks with kids in tow, stops by the small-town post office and the library, and hauls her daughters along to bookstore and market, as in this passage: This idea came to us from the book Midwinter Day by Bernadette Mayer, which apparently she wrote entirely on December 22, To ask other readers questions about Midwinter Dayplease sign up.

This dreaming sequence in the beginning is not only the longest section, but it is more than double the length of the other sections of the book. Adventure in Poetry and Bolinas, CA: She says try it. It still struck me micwinter esoteric, sporadically lyrical, and at times quite trying on the ol’ attention span. Aug 08, Sally rated it it was ok Shelves: The book is a long poem t I was introduced to this book by the lead assistant to the professor for Coursera’s and UPenn’s course Modern and Contemporary American Poetry, midwinrer generously midwintdr part of her Midwinter Maye and a couple of preceding days this year leading a discussion of the book on the ModPo forums.

The act of creating this book brings value to the work berndette motherhood and provides a standard for future mothers who struggle under the same constraints of finding time and energy for their creative aspects as well as their family demands.

Midwinter Day [Excerpt] by Bernadette Mayer – Poems |

Her words move, her thoughts don’t hesitate, and in my opinion, there is certainly music in the lines. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. For other readers, this will be a masterpiece. Since everyone has, every one, one shade, And you but one, can every shadow lend