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Masks: With an Introduction Marge Piercy by Ruthann Robson

Masks: With an Introduction

Marge Piercy by Ruthann Robson

Published March 1st 1999
ISBN : 9780965457859
Paperback
145 pages
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Best Poetry of 1999-Library Journal Well known by readers of gay and lesbian fiction for her award-winning short story collections and novels- notorious in the legal profession as the nations foremost authority on lesbians and law (Village VoiceMoreBest Poetry of 1999-Library JournalWell known by readers of gay and lesbian fiction for her award-winning short story collections and novels- notorious in the legal profession as the nations foremost authority on lesbians and law (Village Voice), a professor at the City University of New York, a young mother raising a son, Ruthann Robsons breadth of experience is unique among American poets. With seamless use of poetic craft and ironic wit, Robson tackles subjects as political as they are bizarre: the young woman chained to a radiator by her mother to keep her safe from harm- the teenager who gets herself knocked up because its less dangerous to be an unwed mother than a lesbian. Affecting, terrifying, but always bathed in a clear hard light, these poems introduce a stunning intelligence and a bold new voice in American poetry.Ardent, passionate, and exquisitely queer…Robsons sense of playfulness is wonderful …The poems in Masks are startling not only for their quirky, often whimsical, humanity, but also for their imaginative use of form… There is history in this book. Witch burnings. Concentration camps. Poverty. Robson covers terrifying, white hot terrain with unflinching honesty and a poets heart… She takes the magnifying glass of poetic language and investigates detail by detail every aspect of the female condition.-Lambda Book ReportAnother excellent book of poetry from 1999, Masks reveals how time and the moment of vision drive the poet to turn upon experience and make language out of it. These impressive poems swallow any distance between maker and reader as they pass from the glories of relationships to the price of loss. Some of Robsons best work is poems about famous women such as Frida Kahlo, Alice B. Toklas, Diane Arbus and Isadora Duncan. This is a truly marvelous collection that haunts the reader and never diminishes the art of the poem.-Bloomsbury ReviewRobson gives you more than you bargained for...Her first collection of poetry is terse yet throbbing, filled with the raw, aggressive energy of someone who cant be bothered with niceties...there is definite craft here: these lines arent just thrown out but clearly thought and ret