Poetry. In ETHICS OF SLEEP, Mayer's poetic voice is once again at its very best as she conjures up some of the most pioneering and experimental explorations in American letters today. This groundbreaking masterwork springs from the netherland of her dreams; surely to be considered by readers and scholars alike in the same legendary company of Memory, Studying Hunger, and Midwinter Day as one of her more triumphant and dynamically accomplished works to date.
Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA
Bernadette Mayer (born May 12, 1945) is an American poet, writer, and visual artist associated with both the Language poets and the New York School. Mayer's record-keeping and use of stream-of-consciousness narrative are two trademarks of her writing, though she is also known for her work with form and mythology. In addition to the influence of her textual-visual art and journal-keeping, Mayer's poetry is widely acknowledged as some of the first to speak accurately and honestly about the experience of motherhood. Mayer edited the journal 0 TO 9 with Vito Acconci, and, until 1983, United Artists books and magazines with Lewis Warsh. Mayer taught at the New School for Social Research, where she earned her degree in 1967, and, during the 1970s, she led a number of workshops at the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in New York. From 1980 to 1984, Mayer served as director of the Poetry Project, and her influence in the contemporary avant-garde is felt widely, with writers like Kathy Acker, Charles Bernstein, John Giorno, and Anne Waldman having sat in on her workshops.
Reviews and Other Links
H.K. Rainey @ Kelsey Street Press
Bernadette Mayer @ PennSound
T. C. Marshall @ Galatea Resurrects