Mort spreads suffering freely over her characters, and she is not interested in excluding anyone from social, political, and cultural misfortune. Which is not to say that Collected Body is a book that focuses on the body alone. And finally, the connections and disconnections between all of these different bodies, the ways in which these bodies nourish and destroy one another. Images of fruit, gardens, light, and darkness dominate their lives. These poems sing vulgar songs and profane hymns basking in family history, geographical specificity and a loose hint of mythology. She has received many honors and awards, including a Civitella Raineri fellowship. Whether writing about sex, relatives, violence, or fish markets as opera, Mort insists on vibrant, dark truths.
Known throughout Europe for her live performances, Mort works explicitly to reestablish a clear identity for Belarus and its language. Mort studied at the State University of Linguistics in Minsk. You, in a black turtleneck, talking about hypnosis and Hitler. Valzhyna Mort Kunstkamera Holding it like a rat, your mother-in-law burned her hair, strand by strand, in the kitchen. Valzhyna Mort was born in Minsk, Belarus. These poems Mort has done it again with this second collection.
Mort's poem, Jean-Paul Belmondo is one of my very favorite poems in the collection, and in general. Is it or is it not pretend? The work in this collection is urgent, direct, and often reflective on the relationships between family members— although the poems are haunted with death and scenes from the past. In 2004 in Slovenia she received a Crystal Vilencia Award for best poetry performance. The spatial layering pours over into enigmatic layers of time: is this a memory, a dream, is it now? Mort's poem, Jean-Paul Belmondo is one of my very favorite poems in the collection, and in general. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland. In this moment, at least, the speaker finds a position of power, a strong foothold on the wobbling thread. Valzhyna Mort: Valzhyna Mort was born in Minsk, Belarus.
Your blood runs like a tape of an implanted recorder. The unusual structure employs many frames—several free verse poems frame and separate two extended prose poems. When you draw that number, a thin figure stands by a race car track, like in that French film, remember? The speaker laments the inevitability of motherhood for her female ancestors, while making the reader a witness to her own gradual journey away from that fate. She folds her arms because in a house of such uneven walls nobody should be expected to learn handwriting. This passage acknowledges the human and insect! Mort populates the world of Collected Body with a wide array of characters. When you hold a pomegranate berry to the light, inside its miniature blood capsule, you see a seed, a blind eyeball, grain of snow preserved in tart flesh.
Mort tends to focus on female characters and themes of womanhood in Collected Body, relegating her male characters to supporting roles. I am always pleasantly surprised by the strange destinations, unusual twists and leaps that mort's imagery employ. Boleska, if you are reading this, please find me, everybody is dead. I must find music to set to this aging and follow the river to my death. The insect caught in a drop of amber knew what it was doing. How do you find a girl like that? From her poems, the reader gets the sense that Mort does not want to leave anyone out. We never really know where we are, though we may suspect England from certain vocabulary items—coombs, downs—nor who is describing the scene to us in such tender yet somehow detached detail.
Over a far down a transport drops eight paratroops for practice, as if a girl had plucked a dandelion gone to seed. When we finally emerge, with our buckets full, five years have passed. Bushes of eyelashes set on fire by a single glance in my direction. The speaker in relation to Zhenya? The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. After all, Collected Body is about unification rather than division. This metapoetic moment allows Mort to include the character of Boleska, and hint at her importance, without giving the reader any real information about her or him—even the gender is ambiguous, at least to an English speaker.
She lives in Baltimore, Maryland. All the while, Mort stuns her readers, re-imagining the world, its histories and myths, with unexpected language and imagery. More Valzhyna Mort: Lisa Grove's poetry, translations, and reviews have appeared in Poetry, Beloit Poetry Journal, A cappella Zoo, The Puritan, The Baltimore Review, and elsewhere. Often, the point of departure on a journey into the past is the physical body. I don't like the titles, overall--they are usually one word. Their success in the drug trade… pulls them into a world of violence and greed that engulfs and divides their family and their community. Night and day, night and day, night and day.
Maybe those were not the squirrel hands that she had, but two front squirrel teeth: the tooth of good and the tooth of evil. The speaker in relation to the woman in the blue house? You are my plan for immortality. Valzhyna Mort was born in Minsk, Belarus. Personal, political, and passionate, Mort's poetry will surely sustain many reading audiences. A Greek girl I really loved has moved to Iowa.
Early in the book, Mort warns the reader of her intent to explore this darkness. She has received many honors and awards, including a Civitella Raineri fellowship. Poet and translator Beverley Bie Brahic was born in Canada and now lives in Paris and the San Francisco Bay Area. Sanctity or disturbance; milk or manure? Death has already created a distance between the speaker and her family members, and that distance seems to grow with each passing second. Library Journal A one-of-a-kind work of passion and insight. Since its founding, the Academy has awarded more money to poets than any other organization. It is easy to find where he has been digging— the dug-up spot is still soft.