Poetry. Taking—and twisting—the title of an Iraq operation for its own, Laura Mullen's seventh book might be summed up in the phrase André Breton famously applied to Frieda Kahlo: "a bomb with a ribbon around it." An extraordinarily comprehensive, sympathetic and scathing, catalog of brides, this collection of poems is also an examination of the emotional costs of a sustained attention to party planning in the face of an almost invisible war. Influenced equally by Italo Calvino and Martha Stewart, playing with conceptual poetry as well as Romance clichés, Mullen's poetic environment, and the language that sustains it, is as remarkable as it is disquieting.
"ENDURING FREEDOM [is] a galloping great read, a page-turner, and dazzles with linguistic mischief and wit.... I already wanted to buy it for a friend. I am thrilled by it."—Hazel White
Author City: BATON ROUGE, LA USA
Born in Los Angeles in 1958, Laura Mullen is the author of six books of poetry, including The Surface (University of Illinois Press, 1991), the postmodern gothic THE TALES OF HORROR: [A FLIP-BOOK] (Kelsey Street Press, 1999), the poetic crime novel MURMUR (Futurepoem, 2007), and ENDURING FREEDOM (Otis Books | Seismicity Editions, 2012). She received her BA in English from UC Berkeley and her MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She currently teaches creative writing at Louisiana State University.
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