By Mary Jo Bang
The beautiful new assortment by means of 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, together with his boredom and drink. i glance again now and spot constructions so thick that the existence i assumed 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. whilst i'd cross. while i'd get back. What i might be when.
—from “One Glass Negative”
A Doll for Throwing takes its name from the Bauhaus artist Alma Siedhoff-Buscher’s Wurfpuppe, a versatile and sturdy woven doll that, if thrown, might land with grace. A ventriloquist can also be acknowledged to “throw” her voice right into a doll that rests at the knee. Mary Jo Bang’s prose poems during this interesting ebook create a speaker who were part of the Bauhaus tuition 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. on account that this speaker isn't anyone yet just a build, she can also be both alive within the current and provides voice to the stipulations of either time classes: 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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