In the Pines

In the Pines

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A bold and strikingly original new work from one of America's greatest living poets Alice Notley is considered by many to be among the most outstanding of living American poets. Notley's work has always been highly narrative, and her new book mixes short lyrics with long, expansive lines of poetry that often take the form of prose sentences, in an effort "to change writing completely." The title piece, a folksong-like lament, makes a unified tale out of many stories of many people; the middle section, "The Black Trailor," is a compilation of noir fictions and reflections; while the shorter poems of "Hemostatic" range from tough lyrics to sung dramas. Full of curative power, music, and the possibility of transformation, In the Pines is a genre- bending book from one of our most innovative writers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 131 pages
  • 156 x 227 x 9mm | 204g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0143112546
  • 9780143112549
  • 600,094

Table of contents

In The PinesIn The Pines

The Black Trailor

The Black Trailor
Entering the Jewel
The Old One
In Forgetting
God Has Money
In the Garden
This Plot


Our Violent Times
When You Could Hear Them All the Time
The Girls
My Lady Shadow
Dialogue in the Glass Dimensions
The Portion Accruing to Ears
I Can't Speak to You
To Preachers
You Have No Idea
To the Poem
The Main Offense
In the Circuit
Culture Scarf
Beneath You
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Review quote

"Over the last quarter-century, Notley has crafted an increasingly important body of work that mixes unabashed lyric beauty with jerky snippets from a capacious mind."
-Publishers Weekly "Notley as artist is like a hero on a fantastical journey. She descends into subterranean worlds of dream and ascends to heights of philosophical thought, but also remains rooted in the dirt of politics and the tedium of the everyday life."
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About Alice Notley

Alice Notley is a poet whose twenty previous titles include The Descent of Alette, Beginning with a Stain, Homer's Art, and Selected Poems. She wrote the introduction for her late first husband Ted Berrigan's Selected Poems. She lives in Paris.
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306 ratings
4.24 out of 5 stars
5 51% (155)
4 29% (89)
3 14% (44)
2 6% (17)
1 0% (1)
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