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Read Elegy: Poems ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Æ Mary Jo Bang's fifth collection Elegy chronicles the year following the death of her son By weaving the particulars of her own loss into a tapestry that also contains the elements common to all losses Bang creates something far larger than a mere lament Continually in search of an adeuate metapMary Jo Bang's fifth collection Elegy chronicles the year following the death of her son By weaving the particulars of her own loss into a tapestry that also contains the elements common to all. Mary Jo Bang picked up the electric guitar or blue guitar or maybe Apollo's lyre and she rocked this book Is that observation crude or insensitive to register the emotional tone of the poems Well I apologize I read it at the beginning of Hurricane Ike and I have enough distance from that read to lodge my enthusiasm in no uncertain terms From the very raw and suffering poems at the beginning to the very large return to her aesthetic in the end a return informed by her experience and intelligence this book has a lot to admire

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Th a resilient voice how memory haunts the living and brings the dead back to life Within these intimate and personal poems is a persistently urgent and deeply touching examination of grief itse. What is elegy but the attemptTo rebreathe lifeInto what the gone one once was Before he grew into enormityfrom The Role of Elegy p63I'm going to sound like a heartless bitch but I found Elegy to be lacklustre Yeah it's sad that Mary Jo Bang lost her adult son and it's bittersweet that she wrote and dedicated an entire book of poetry to him as a way of dealing with her grief—even putting one of his paintings on the cover—but I still didn't like the book The subject matter became very repetitive death the box of her son's ashes memory morgues time clocks calendars dreams motherhood pills overdoses and a general numb and bleak tone The style is also uite boring with simple words simple sentences rhetorical uestions my poetic pet peeve and awkward enjambmentHow much does matter matter Very from Heartbreaking p 48What is today Where am IWhat cruel nature wires a brain like this To give it pleasureAnd then let pleasure make itself a painTo say you loved a personTo say that person no longer exists from No Exit p 32 33She would know nothingOf mother She would know nothingOf death She would know nothingOf love The three things she'd been givenTo remember Wake me up please she saidWhen this life is over from Ode to History p 17Now she said do you knowHow I feel No he saidI know nothing I'm only as you've described meAsh in a box No she saidThat's not what I meant from Now p 60The author obviously went through an immense amount of grief and writing about it was probably therapeutichowever if I were her I would've kept the writing private The poems are too sentimental too mournful and—if I'm completely honest—too mediocre for a public audience Poems that I likedOnce164 16% poems that I liked

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Elegy PoemsLosses Bang creates something far larger than a mere lament Continually in search of an adeuate metaphor for the most profound and private grief the poems in Elegy confront in stark terms and wi. There is a special depth to one's grief in the first year after the passing of a loved one Not a single day will go by without you thinking of them and the reminders of loss are everywhere What Joan Didion's Year of Magical Thinking chronicles in prose Mary Jo Bang does here in Poetry and the poetry is so intense and personal that I feel a little awkward to presume to judge it It is beautiful The grief is so powerful that I had difficulty getting through the book I could only read two or three poems a day But still it is so comforting to know this is the natural way of things and that even out tragedy can come beauty And even if what you are expressing is deep pain your ability to express and share it is in itself a kind of triumph