Self and Simulacra
Self and Simulacra
2002 PEN Center USA West Literary Award in Poetry Finalist
2001 Beatrice Hawley Award
“. . .a highly intelligent and literate poetry….While the I exists because it desires (I want therefore I am), the self is multiple and unstable, and Waldner takes joy in this mutability through a syntax as fluid as self….The poems…radicalize syntax through simultaneous rather than layered alternatives, indicating the multiplicity inherent in perspective…”
—Arts & Letters
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Liz Waldner is the author of five books of poetry and several collaborations with musicians. Her newest collections are Saving the Appearances (ahsahta press, 2004), etym(bi)ology (Omnidawn Publishing, 2002) and Dark Would (the missing person), a University of Georgia Contemporary Poetry Series winner for 2002. Her work has received The Poetry Society of America's Robert M. Winner award; grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Lannan Foundation/Centrum and The Barbara Deming Money for Women Fund; and fellowships from the Djerassi Foundation, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and MacDowell, among others.
“An ornately strange, elegant investigation of our begotten and made selves. Methods and language archaic and contemporary, botanical and anatomical, inflorescent, cotyledonal—with hair and members. Lady bugs for consolation. A brave new unmalicious mind.”
“Liz Waldner is a poet of high wit, high intelligence, and great musical rigor—she may be our Postmodern Metaphysical poet plummeting deeper and deeper with each book into the questions of self, sexuality, and knowing. These poems are so intoxicated with their making that one gets the sense of the sheer pleasure of composition—‘there is no greater pleasure than pleasure in writing.’ And reading.”
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