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Moriarty, Laura.
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Sausalito, Calif. : Post-Apollo Press, 2004.
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116 pages ; 22 cm
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PS3563.O871635 S45 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Poetry. SELF-DESTRUCTION is an uneasy harmonics between self, self-representation, and other. Dissonant and deceptive, their frequencies resound throughout the text, amplifying and collapsing difference. In the cosmology of SELF-DESTRUCTION, the unified "I" breaks into a constellation of truths existing at different moments. Phrases gape unfinished or aslant, syntax squirms, and strips of prose replace rhyme with rupture. Yet the song calls for its response. At a time of no moon, Moriarty asks, what is fate? What truth is capable of surviving its repetition?

Author Notes

Laura Moriarty was born in 1970 in Honolulu, HI. She attended the University of Kansas to earn her degree in social work and later her M.A. in Creative Writing. She went on to be awarded the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. She soon became a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. It was then that she started her writing career. Her title's include: While I'm Falling, The Rest of Her Life, The Center of Everything, and The Chaperone.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Moriarty enters the third decade of her career with an exciting book that extends both the penchant for splitting, doubling and twinning seen in Symmetries (1996) and the enigmatic handling of narrative fragments first perfected in the brilliant and bewildering Nude Memoir (2001). The book's two unevenly sized sections form an asymmetrical diptych, mirroring Moriarty's densely patterned, obliquely framed glimpses of the self as it shades into and is sometimes eclipsed by the "other." "My Disappearance" unfolds over the course of 72 poems, some in chiseled stanzaic forms that rival Robert Creeley at his best, others in prose paragraphs favoring opacity, incompleteness and indeterminacy. Returning repeatedly to the ways in which war and empire form the unreachable horizon of subjective experience, these poems are remorseless and poignant at once: "I don't miss my friends/ Who have become unknown to me/ The truth can't be communicated/ The war keeps us in touch." The much shorter second section counts among its 11 poems a 13-page meditation on "cryptophasia" (the language twins often concoct to communicate with one another) that synthesizes many of the book's most persistent themes and weaves in numerous citations from other writers (John Wilkinson, Brent Cunningham, Giorgio Agamben, Gail Scott). Starkly nonidentical, these twin sections add up to one of the best books of poems to be published so far this year. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved