[Sonnet] name address date

By Bernadette Mayer b. 1945 Bernadette Mayer
name address date
I cannot remember
an eye for an eye
then and there my


this    is
your    se
cond    ch
ance    to

h i s t o r y
r e p e a t s
i t s s e l f

and a tooth
for a tooth
is a tooth:

"[Sonnet] name address date" by Bernadette Mayer, from A Bernadette Mayer Reader, copyright © 1968 by Bernadette Mayer. Used by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.

Source: A Bernadette Mayer Reader (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1992)

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Poet Bernadette Mayer b. 1945

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Language Poetry

Subjects Friends & Enemies, Relationships, Living, Disappointment & Failure, Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics

Poetic Terms Sonnet, Mixed

 Bernadette  Mayer

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An avant-garde writer associated with the New York School of poets, Bernadette Mayer was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has spent most of her life in New York City. Her collections of poetry include Midwinter Day (1982, 1999), A Bernadette Mayer Reader (1992), The Desire of Mothers to Please Others in Letters (1994), Another Smashed Pinecone (1998), and Poetry State Forest (2008). Known for her innovative use of language, . . .

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SUBJECT Friends & Enemies, Relationships, Living, Disappointment & Failure, Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Language Poetry

Poetic Terms Sonnet, Mixed

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