Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2005 / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Wesleyan University Press
About the Author
Table of ContentsAuthor's Note from Love Poems
Friday Midnight Exactly
I Hope I'm Not Here Next Year from 165 Meeting House Lane
Dear Dark Continent
Incidentals in the Day World
But He Says I Misunderstood from Songs for the Unborn Second Baby from I
"Alice ordered me to be made"
The Virtue of Uncreatedness
How Spring Comes
A California Girlhood
Poem ("St. Mark's Place caught at night in hot summer,")
When I Was Alive
After Tsang Chih
The Goddess Who Created This Passing World
"If she says that she's the goddess Fortune"
The World, All That Live & All That Occur
Jack Would Speak Through the Imperfect Medium of Alice
A True Account of Talking to Judy Holiday, October 13
Poem ("You hear that heroic big land music?")
Desert for All of Music to Take Place
Untitled ("Clouds, big ones oh it's")
Flowers of the Foothills & Mountain Valleys
Untitled ("All my life,")
White Evening Primrose
Margaret and Dusty
The Ten Best Issues of Comic Books
Poem ("Why do I want to tell it")
At Night the States from Parts of a Wedding
"in this Paradise"
I the People
"in the dark I"
"More important than having been born is your city"
from Beginning with a Stain
"Beginning with a stain, as the Universe did perhaps"
"I will never not make a sound not have made a sound"
"Some people refuse to remember, & I"
"Against all agony a bunch of flowers in the chest"
"born in beauty born a loved one, before history"
"They say something ruinous & tragic happened soon after"
"Speaking firstly forever"
"You haven't saved me any time"
'What does she think?'
White Phosphorus from The Descent of Alette - [from Book One]
"One day, I awoke" "& found myself on"
"There was a woman" "in a station"
"We couldn't find" "our fathers"
"A mother" "& child"
"When I was born," "I was born now"
"I once" "found an exit"
"A car" "awash with blood"
"I stood again" "on the platform"
[from Book Three]
"'It's time to go,' he said" "'Go where?'"
"As I stared down" "into the black lake"
"The horizontal" "black void"
"Talons tore me," "tore my flesh"
"When I awoke I" "was in darkness"
"'We will be silent" "& wait'"
"I looked into the light" "directly"
from Close to Me & Closer . . . (The Language of Heaven)
"I have to . . . talk to you. I have to tell you . . ."
"I sit mute Nothing mutely"
"They gave me, it seemed to me, an Initiation"
"Why do we make"
"When I say to youI, almost, transfer a shape"
"In eternity There is no story"
"I'm . . . interested in, what of me there is . . . here."
"I'm going to tell you . . . a story."
"I don't have to"
from Désamère - [from Amère and Desnos]
'I dream,' says dead desert Desnos"
"'See this piece of amber?' Amère says to Brother"
"Desnos says, 'I dream I don't die"
[from Desert Poems]
from Mysteries of Small Houses
Would Want to Be in My Wildlife
One of the Longest Times
As Good as Anything
I Must Have Called and So He Comes
The Trouble with You Girls
Hematite Heirloom Lives On (Maybe December 1980)
Sept 17/Aug 29, '88
Lady Poverty from Disobedience
Help Me Corpus Sagrada
The Islanders Remember That There Are no Women and no Men
Enuma Elish from Reason and Other Women
Amid These Words I Can Know
Parable of Christian
Moses and the Burning Bush
Grave of Light
Where Leftover Misery Goes from Benediction
Iphigenia from Alma, or The Dead Women
Beloved Earth Restrain Them
And Who Is Crying
Ballad from In the Pines
from Songs and Stories of the Ghouls
"There was power in that room. I saw"
"The ghoul-girl. There was one to care for"
"What she reports against you isn't"
"The city I founded I will found again"
"What were you doing when I thought you were dead"
"If you meet me here I was Lady"
"Walking away turns to look over shoulder"
"Black sequins compression"
"I stand here in whose eyes"
"Woman with antlers, deer-headed antlered woman"
"If there's change you put it into this sculpture's slot"
"Justice may appear in the"
"No world is intact"
List of Poems by Titles of First Publication
Index of Titles and First Lines
What People are Saying About This
"Alice Notley is a visionary poet overshadowed by no one. These poems are consistently feminist and anti-war in spirit, yet Notley's merciless honesty ensures they are never predictable."
Rae Armantrout, author of Up To Speed
"Alice Notley is a visionary poet overshadowed by no one. These poems are consistently feminist and anti-war in spirit, yet Notley's merciless honesty ensures they are never predictable." Rae Armantrout, author of Up To Speed
"This wondrous tome is a calling to a higher purpose, where the poet is a seer and communes with the powers of universebeyond the gravethrough sinewy imagination, and energetically charged language."Anne Waldman, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Politics
“This wondrous tome is a calling to a higher purpose, where the poet is a seer and communes with the powers of universebeyond the gravethrough sinewy imagination, and energetically charged language.”