My Account | My Wishlist | My Cart | Log In

Facebook logo Twitter logo Pinterest logo

A Doll for Throwing: Poems (Paperback)

A Doll for Throwing: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
On Our Shelves Now
9 on hand, as of Apr 24 2:45am
(POETRY)

Description


The exquisite new collection by the award-winning poet Mary Jo Bang, author of The Last Two Seconds and Elegy

We were ridiculous--me, with my high jinks and hat. Him, with his boredom and drink. I look back now and see buildings so thick that the life I thought I was making then is nothing but interlocking angles and above them, that blot of gray sky I sometimes saw. Underneath is the edge of what wasn't known then. When I would go. When I would come back. What I would be when.

--from "One Glass Negative"

A Doll for Throwing takes its title from the Bauhaus artist Alma Siedhoff-Buscher's Wurfpuppe, a flexible and durable woven doll that, if thrown, would land with grace. A ventriloquist is also said to "throw" her voice into a doll that rests on the knee. Mary Jo Bang's prose poems in this fascinating book create a speaker who had been a part of the Bauhaus school in Germany a century ago and who had also seen the school's collapse when it was shut by the Nazis in 1933. Since this speaker is not a person but only a construct, she is also equally alive in the present and gives voice to the conditions of both time periods: nostalgia, xenophobia, and political extremism. The life of the Bauhaus photographer Lucia Moholy echoes across these poems--the end of her marriage, the loss of her negatives, and her effort to continue to make work and be known for having made it.

About the Author


Mary Jo Bang has published seven poetry collections, including The Last Two Seconds; Elegy, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and an acclaimed translation of Dante's Inferno. She teaches at Washington University in Saint Louis.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781555977818
ISBN-10: 1555977812
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication Date: August 15th, 2017
Pages: 88
Language: English