Bernadette Mayer Poems
- Midwinter Day [excerpt] I write this love as all ...
- Before Sextet Use a new conductor every time-out you have ...
- After Catullus and Horace only the manners of centuries ago ...
- The Tragic Condition of the St...
- Kristin's Dream In November I went thru the turnstyle to the ...
- I Was One Of The Skunks i was one of the skunks that lived ...
- Sometimes A Human Mammal Is No...
An avant-garde writer associated with the New York School of poets, Bernadette Mayer was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has spent most of her life in New York City. Her collections of poetry include Midwinter Day (1982, 1999), A Bernadette Mayer Reader (1992), The Desire of Mothers to Please Others in Letters (1994), Another Smashed Pinecone (1998), and Poetry State Forest (2008).
Known for her innovative use of language, Mayer first won critical acclaim for the exhibit Memory, which combined photography and narration. Mayer took one roll of film shot each day during July 1971, arranging the photographs and text in what Village Voice critic A.D. Coleman described as “a unique and... more »
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Midwinter Day [excerpt]
I write this love as all transition
As if I'm in instinctual flight,
a small lady bug
With only two black dots on its back
Climbs like a blind turtle on my pen
And begins to drink ink in the light
We're allowed to crowd love in
Like a significant myth
resting still on paper
I remember being bitten by a spider
It was like feeling what they call
the life of the mind
Stinging my thigh like ...