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
Laura Mullen is the author of eight books: Dark Archive, Subject, After I Was Dead, The Surface, which was a National Poetry Series selection, COMPLICATED GRIEF (Solid Objects, 2015), ENDURING FREEDOM (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions, 2012), MURMUR (Futurepoem Books, 2007) and THE TALES OF HORROR: [A FLIP- BOOK] (Kelsey Street Press, 1999). Her poems are included in Postmodern American Poetry, American Hybrid, and I'LL DROWN MY BOOK: CONCEPTUAL WRITING BY WOMEN (Les Figues Press, 2012), among other anthologies. The composer Jason Eckardt's setting of her poem "The Distance (This)" was released as Undersong by Mode Records in 2011, and a collaboration with the composer Nathan Davis was premiered by the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in 2014. Mullen's honors and awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. She is the McElveen Professor in English and Director of Creative Writing at Louisiana State University.
Author City: NEW ORLEANS, LA USA