Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures

by Mary Ruefle

Hardcover, 2012

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Available

Publication

Seattle: Wave Books, 2012.

Description

This is one of the wisest books I've read in years... --New York Times Book Review No writer I know of comes close to even trying to articulate the weird magic of poetry as Ruefle does. She acknowledges and celebrates in the odd mystery and mysticism of the act--the fact that poetry must both guard and reveal, hint at and pull back... Also, and maybe most crucially, Ruefle's work is never once stuffy or overdone: she writes this stuff with a level of seriousness-as-play that's vital and welcome, that doesn't make writing poetry sound anything but wild, strange, life-enlargening fun. -The Kenyon Review Profound, unpredictable, charming, and outright funny...These informal talks have far more staying power and verve than most of their kind. Readers may come away dazzled, as well as amused... --Publishers Weekly This is a book not just for poets but for anyone interested in the human heart, the inner-life, the breath exhaling a completion of an idea that will make you feel changed in some way. This is a desert island book. --Matthew Dickman The accomplished poet is humorous and self-deprecating in this collection of illuminating essays on poetry, aesthetics and literature... --San Francisco Examiner Over the course of fifteen years, Mary Ruefle delivered a lecture every six months to a group of poetry graduate students. Collected here for the first time, these lectures include "Poetry and the Moon," "Someone Reading a Book Is a Sign of Order in the World," and "Lectures I Will Never Give." Intellectually virtuosic, instructive, and experiential,Madness, Rack, and Honey resists definition, demanding instead an utter--and utterly pleasurable--immersion. Finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. Mary Ruefle has published more than a dozen books of poetry, prose, and erasures. She lives in Vermont.… (more)

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LibraryThing member aliceoddcabinet
Possibly one of my favorite books of Artist's Essays yet. Irreverent of the form of "lecture". Abstract enough to be poetic, narrative enough to tell the story of writing. Essays in a true sense..."trying" something. there is no hypothesis to prove, no tedious evidence to support it. Just an experienced poet, thinking .
LibraryThing member aliceoddcabinet
Possibly one of my favorite books of Artist's Essays yet. Irreverent of the form of "lecture". Abstract enough to be poetic, narrative enough to tell the story of writing. Essays in a true sense..."trying" something. there is no hypothesis to prove, no tedious evidence to support it. Just an experienced poet, thinking .
LibraryThing member tungsten_peerts
This book is in the process of helping to save my life.
LibraryThing member allriledup
I never wanted it to end - thought-provoking, inspiring and always wise.
LibraryThing member b.masonjudy
Mary Ruefle hits some nails on the head in this collection of essays. My first encounter with her work, poetry or otherwise, I didn't know what to expect and was delighted to find variety of lectures, creative, provocative, and full of so much damn wit! She is willing to wrestle, admit ignorance, and be contradictory in a way that is both evocative of an actual thought-process and in service of a more intuitive understanding. She includes some personal essays, such as "I remember, I remember" which don't feel disjointed in the collection but provide a demonstration of her range as a prose writer.… (more)

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