Louise in Love

Louise in Love

Mary Jo Bang / Aug 19, 2019

Louise in Love In this stunning new collection of poems Mary Jo Bang jettisons the reader into the dreamlike world of Louise a woman in love With language delicate smooth and wryly funny Louise is on a voyage w

  • Title: Louise in Love
  • Author: Mary Jo Bang
  • ISBN: 9780802137609
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this stunning new collection of poems, Mary Jo Bang jettisons the reader into the dreamlike world of Louise, a woman in love With language delicate, smooth, and wryly funny, Louise is on a voyage without destination, traveling with a cast of enigmatic others, including her lover, Ham Louise is as musical as she is mysterious and the reader is invited to listen In herIn this stunning new collection of poems, Mary Jo Bang jettisons the reader into the dreamlike world of Louise, a woman in love With language delicate, smooth, and wryly funny, Louise is on a voyage without destination, traveling with a cast of enigmatic others, including her lover, Ham Louise is as musical as she is mysterious and the reader is invited to listen In her world, anything goes, provided it is breathtaking Bang, whose first collection was the prize winning Apology for Want, both parodies and pays homage to the lyric tradition, borrowing its lush music and dramatic structure to give new voice to the old concerns of the late Romantic poets Louise in Love is a dramatic postmodern verse novel with an eloquent free floating narration The poems, rife with literary allusion, take journeys to distant lands And, like anyone on a voyage without a destination, they are endlessly questioning of the enigmatic world around them.

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    About "Mary Jo Bang"

      • Mary Jo Bang

        Mary Jo Bang is an American poet In her most recent collection, The Bride of E, she uses a distinctive mix of humor, directness, and indirection, to sound the deepest sort of anguish the existential condition Bang fashions her examination of the lived life into an abecedarius the title of the first poem, ABC Plus E Cosmic Aloneness Is the Bride of Existence, posits the collection s central problem, and a symposium of figures from every register of our culture from Plato to Pee wee Herman, Mickey Mouse to Sartre is assembled to help confront it Bang is the author of five previous books of poetry Apology for Want, Louise in Love, The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans, The Eye Like a Strange Balloon and Elegy, which won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and was named a 2008 New York Times Notable Book She s been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University She has an M.F.A from Columbia University, an M.A and B.A in Sociology from Northwestern University, and a B.A in Photography from the Polytechnic of Central London From 1995 2005 she was the poetry co editor at Boston Review She lives in St Louis, Missouri, where she is a Professor of English and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Washington University.


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    1. The inspiration for Mary Jo Bang’s magical verse novel, Louise in Love, is the life of early film star, Louise Brooks (1906 -1985). Brooks (“Lulu”) was famous for her black helmet of hair and a film presence that blended innocence with a charged-eroticism. She would develop, despite the relative brevity of her film career, into one of Hollywood’s earliest, and best, femme fatales. Bang’s collection loosely covers the adult arc of Brooks’s life, touching on the actress’ film career, [...]


    2. This is difficult poetry. These poems are eager for comprehension. Bang writes with a describing eye, but I think in order to see her poetry I need to see how her mind interrogates the subject. So far that's escaped me. I think these are love poems. I'm told they form a verse novel. While I can discern the recurrence of characters--the book provides a list of "Dramatis Personae"--I don't find a narrative I can follow. In their favor is a lyricism I like. Sometimes it's one musical phrase after a [...]


    3. Read the STOP SMILING interview with Mary Jo Bang:A Talk with Mary Jo BangBy Jennifer KronovetStop Smiling: Tell me about the first poem you wrote. Did that experience reflect why and how you write now?Mary Jo Bang: I wrote it in high school, after JFK was assassinated, and after reading a lot of Ayn Rand. It was probably no more than six lines. I remember the last line was: “The man who stands alone,” which now sounds like it should be followed by a few bars of melodramatic music.Read the c [...]


    4. What is the result of leisure? I think it's so easy to dismiss the lives of wealthy people as filled with trivialities. But everyone has to deal with some kind of struggle, and Bang, here, has found how to make the struggle rooted in fancy or whim an art. The excursions seem pointless, the drama, pointless. At one point Lydia, Louise's sister, goes through an extended ordeal where it seems she's dying. In the next poem, it was just a dream! And so if the art can't really center on what is actual [...]


    5. I just read this book again, or rather the last line of the second poem kept circling my head. "Sometimes a bun, sometimes only a biscuit" and so I googled itd found my way back to Mary Jo. Thank god. Because lately, poetry is all I can handle anymore. And it didn't used to be this way. Maybe it's me, but I'm so sick of my half-finished novels shelf. And with poetry, well finish one and you've done something. Not all poetry. Hell, not most. But if you can find someworth the read. Well, then.


    6. This is probably well-written but it didn't hit me well while I read it. My sense, at that time, was that the book felt precious and precocious and superior.




    7. This is a nice collection of poems. Its all about a woman named Louise who is (as the title says) in love. Worth a read for sure!



    8. I don't care for her other books as much, but this book is fantastic. I need to revisit it soon I think it'll help with my current project.





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