Poetry. "How does the present imprint itself on language, on poetry? Gloria Frym's MIND OVER MATTER shows us that: the outlines of the endless wars, the credit default swaps. But it also shows poetry resisting this. 'No poem/would stand for such a line.' Frym writes. 'A poem is not a fool.' This book makes me want to cheer"—Rae Armantrout. "MIND OVER MATTER is a thoughtful meditation on poetry in our age of post-theory and reminds us that the authority of poetry has always been ours ('Without words we would fall on our faces'). Giving us 'all of summer in one word,' poetry is a form of 'living attention' It is our true home, bestows freedom in language, and understands best that 'now is as old as time.' I love this book for casting aside the postmodern clichés of poetry's limitation, preferring to see world and language in fresh relation. Here, the 'definite is infinite,' and the real resonates. Not the 'neo- / Looking out for numero uno,' largely inspired by poetry's professionalized culture, but a shrewd look at the actual and eternal worlds before us"—Paul Hoover.
Gloria Frym is a poet and prose writer. Her book of proses, The True Patriot, was published by Spuyten Duyvil. She is the author of the short story collections—DISTANCE NO OBJECT (City Lights Books, 1999), and How I Learned (Coffee House Press)—as well as many volumes of poetry, including The Stage Stop Motel, MIND OVER MATTER (BlazeVOX books, 2011), and SOLUTION SIMULACRA (United Artistis Books, 2006). Her book Homeless at Home received an American Book Award. Her most recent work is HOW PROUST RUINED MY LIFE & OTHER ESSAYS (BlazeVOX books, 2020). She is professor in the Writing & Literature programs at California College of the Arts in the Bay Area. She lives in Berkeley.Author City: BERKELEY, CA USA