Bernadette Mayer Poems
- Failures in Infinitives why am i doing this? Failure to ...
- 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 ...
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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Comments about Bernadette Mayer
Failures in Infinitives
why am i doing this? Failure
to keep my work in order so as
to be able to find things
to paint the house
to earn enough money to live on
to reorganize the house so as
to be able to paint the house &
to be able to find things and
earn enough money so as
to be able to put books together
to publish works and books
to have time
to answer mail & phone calls
to wash the windows
to make the kitchen better to work in
to have the money to buy a simple radio
to listen to while working in the kitchen
to know enough to do grownups work in...