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Do As Lasky Does

By Harriet Staff

Poet Dorothea Lasky contributed a piece to The Millions‘ end of the year series “A Year in Reading.” In it, Lasky writes about a few books that compelled her in ’10, including books by Mary Ruefle, Laura Jensen, and Hannah Weiner. While the Weiner book, especially, is not so new (it came out in 1992, and was written in 1970), Lasky argues for why it’s relevant now, proving once again that the best books of the year have nothing to do with the year in which they were written:

Written in 1970, the printing I read was from 1992 by United Artists Books. In the book, Weiner experiments with how what one inputs into the body relates to the output. She goes through a progression of seeing language and things in more of their essence and begins to see their energies, a whole world of common elements, thematically arranged by color. So much of what she writes in the book relates to the creative process in general (which is a constant source of interest to me), but the book itself is a journal, a re-telling of a process of seeing an alternate world (that might be more real than the one we know through our current human conceptions of time and space, as above).


Posted in Poetry News on Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 by Harriet Staff.