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Elegy: Poems kindle ó eBook 9781555974831 ´ moneyexpresscard ↠ Mary Jo Bang's fifth collection Elegy chronicles the year following the death of her son By weaving the particulars of her own loss into a tapestry that also contains the elements common to all losses Bang creates something far larger than a mereLosses Bang creates something far larger than a mere lament Continually in search of an adeuate metaphor for the most profound and private grief the poems in Elegy confront in stark terms and wi While perhaps not a household name Bang won this year’s National Book Critics’ Circle Award for ELEGY the chronicle of a year following the apparent suicide of her son The collection is characterized by short honed sentences and syntax that acts like knife thrusts to the reader’s heart avoiding any sentimentalityBang also allows her story to pool into a larger context — per haps the largest context — of being and nothingness time and its sudden stilling “The snake of time” she writes of the funeral “was spending itself Like an arrow in motion aimed at a bale of hay Each bale a bad day” Meaning perhaps one day closer to death to that nothingness where days are no standard of measureoriginally published in The Tennessean 20 April 2008

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Mary Jo Bang's fifth collection Elegy chronicles the year following the death of her son By weaving the particulars of her own loss into a tapestry that also contains the elements common to all Mary Jo Bang picked up the electric guitar or blue guitar or maybe Apollo's lyre and she rocked this book Is that observation crude or insensitive to register the emotional tone of the poems? Well I apologize I read it at the beginning of Hurricane Ike and I have enough distance from that read to lodge my enthusiasm in no uncertain terms From the very raw and suffering poems at the beginning to the very large return to her aesthetic in the end a return informed by her experience and intelligence this book has a lot to admire

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Elegy PoemsTh a resilient voice how memory haunts the living and brings the dead back to life Within these intimate and personal poems is a persistently urgent and deeply touching examination of grief itse Much less playful less interesting language than previous books Lyric poetry about her dead son May be of interest for those who've recently lost someone they loved