By Mary Jo Bang
The beautiful new assortment through the award-winning poet Mary Jo Bang, writer of The final Seconds and Elegy
We have been ridiculous—me, with my excessive jinks and hat. Him, along with his boredom and drink. i glance again now and spot constructions so thick that the lifestyles i presumed i used to be making then is not anything yet interlocking angles and above them, that blot of grey sky I occasionally observed. beneath is the sting of what wasn’t recognized then. while i might cross. whilst i might get back. What i might be when.
—from “One Glass Negative”
A Doll for Throwing takes its identify from the Bauhaus artist Alma Siedhoff-Buscher’s Wurfpuppe, a versatile and sturdy woven doll that, if thrown, may land with grace. A ventriloquist is usually stated to “throw” her voice right into a doll that rests at the knee. Mary Jo Bang’s prose poems during this attention-grabbing publication create a speaker who were part of the Bauhaus college in Germany a century in the past and who had additionally noticeable the school’s cave in while it used to be close by way of the Nazis in 1933. because this speaker isn't really an individual yet just a build, she can be both alive within the current and provides voice to the stipulations of either time sessions: nostalgia, xenophobia, and political extremism. The lifetime of the Bauhaus photographer Lucia Moholy echoes throughout those poems—the finish of her marriage, the lack of her negatives, and her attempt to proceed to make paintings and be recognized for having made it.
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