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Maggie Nelson’s Women & the New York School Book Finally Available in Paperback

By Harriet Staff

For the Maggie Nelson fans out there who have been hoping to read or teach her 2007 book, Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press): It’s now available in paperback! That should make things easier (it was going for quite a hefty price on Amazon in hardcover). If you don’t know about this book, you should. Here’s more info from its release:

Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions ranges widely and covers collaborations between poets and painters in the 1950s and 1960s; the complex role played by the “true abstraction” of the feminine in the work of John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara, and James Schuyler; the intricate weave of verbal and visual arts throughout the postwar period from Abstract Expressionism to Pop to Conceptualism to feminist and queer performance art; and the unfolding, diverse careers of Mayer, Notley, and Myles from the 1970s to the present.

By asking us to rethink the ways in which we conceptualize “schools” and “avant-gardes” and drawing our attention to larger, compelling questions about how and why we read—and how gender and sexuality inform that reading in the first place—Nelson not only fills an important gap in the history of American poetry and art but also gives an inspired performance of the kind of lively, audacious, and personally committed criticism that befits her subject.

You can get this one straight from the press, or ask your local bookseller to order it. Hurrah!


Posted in Poetry News on Monday, February 6th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.