Mz N: the serial: A Poem-in-Episodes (Hardcover)

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The acclaimed poet, memoirist, and essayist Maureen N. McLane here charts a new path into vital genre-bending territories. Not a verse novel, not a verse memoir, Mz N: the serial: A Poem-in-Episodes offers something else--"life . . . a continual allegory" (to invoke Keats): a life intense, episodic, female, sexual, philosophical, romantic, analytic. Tracking the growth of one poet's mind, switchbacking its way through American English, Mz N toggles between story and song. This is a poetry both "furious / & alive."

Alive to the lash of love, the longueurs of adolescence, the limits of identity, Mz N: the serial: A Poem-in-Episodes is a bravura experiment in life-writing--an assaying, a testing, a transforming, an honoring of the tentative and the torqued. What is it to be contemporary, to be "one / among other ones" in a "cracking world"? How does a body vibrate into being? How is a mind made out of other minds? Seizing the queer realities of any life, Mz N explores how one is surprised, seduced, and struck into speech, thought, song, silence. "Then, what is life?" cried Shelley. So too Mz N.

About the Author

Maureen N. McLane is the author of several previous books of poetry, including Some Say; Mz N: the serial: A Poem-in-Episodes; and the 2014 National Book Award finalist This Blue. Her book My Poets, a hybrid of memoir and criticism, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography.

Praise For…

"The unstoppable, riverish fever of her enjambed, short-lined poems quickly draws one down through her mind, which is as good a prism as any I know of to encounter the external “effects” of nature, beauty, body. Her speaker (and pseudo-doppelgänger protagonist) have ideas about Athens and “Death metal,” often interchangeably. What’s so truly essential in her somersaulting, backwards/forwards time machine is the way she makes memory, inside poetry, a downright erotic activity. It’s not just the sex of her thought, but the sex of thought itself that breathes through these gorgeous poems."—Adam Fitzgerald, Lithub

"I don't recommend Maureen N. McLane as much as proselytize for her. She's my favorite living poet, and MzN: the Serial is her best book yet. It bristles with life, feeling, argument; it's sexy and cerebral and romantic and—somewhat surprisingly for a book of poetry—a bit of a page-turner." —Parul Seghal, New York Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374218874
ISBN-10: 0374218870
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: May 17th, 2016
Pages: 128
Language: English