Bernadette Mayer’s «Midwinter Day»: Dream of the («Extra»)Ordinary. 1. Imagining her self or, more specifically, how words have the power to give texture and. Midwinter Day [Bernadette Mayer] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Perhaps Bernadette Mayer’s greatest work, Midwinter Day was written. I had an idea to write a book that would prove the day like the dream has everything in it.” — Bernadette Mayer, Midwinter Day Today marks.

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Mayer has a strong sense of voice, however it’s not one that I can personally cope with. The entire midwinteg is a metaphor for a house with no doors or a day that exists outside of time, frozen where death cannot find the family that Mayer has immortalized with her words.

Dec 23, Vicky rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This true information is then regurgitated through the mind of the poet. The Internet address of this page is http: They have also discussed her relationship to conceptual art, her feminist revision of poetic forms such as the long poem and the sonnetand her complex handling of gender and sexuality. Refresh and try again. The need to go out and purchase these necessities is mixwinter in a dreary light, which paints the mother as an old world scavenger hoping to return to her den in one piece.

These two parts representing the interior life of the family at morning and at evening bookend the middle part mkdwinter, which occurs exclusively outside of the home focusing on family errands and the history and mapping of the town. She tempts the reader to try and make sense of this jumble of stories piling up and this in turn prompts the reader to question the use of narrative in their own lives.


Light, time and death are intrinsically linked throughout the book, and Mayer returns to the connections between the three again and again.

Review – Bernadette Mayer, ‘Midwinter Day’

Midwinher act of creating this book brings value to bernadeyte work of motherhood and provides a standard for future mothers who struggle under the same constraints of finding time eay energy for their creative aspects as well as their family demands. In the end, I appreciated Mayer’s calling, her ability to address many things on the blank page.

Most of the pages are filled with trivial things: But I feel like that’s really not the point. Language is slippery in the same way that recalling a dream is or in the same way that the young child sees her own sexuality. But again, her heart was in the right place. It’s specificity which seemed often to be an entirely recognizable reflection of my own experience.

Is this book a poem, a memoir or a psychological experiment? Dalloway, but blends it with the personal and the poetic.

Well, yesterday I read this book and it is no longer a concept to me. Jan 01, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mayer blends poetry and prose to capture in her experiment the various events, memories, dreams and conversations that when examined contain a remarkably complex retelling of this particular day. After all the introspection, all the close examination of her internal life, midsinter she remembers of it is love.

A long poem about a short day, Mayer’s six-part work purports to document the daily routine of the woman writer raising children. Apr 29, Pineapple rated it it was amazing.

Midwinter Day [Excerpt] by Bernadette Mayer – Poems |

Some may find these sections boring, but I feel they are extremely important, and enjoyable if read aloud. Northwestern University press, For the same reason, Mayer frequently weaves the language of her children bernadeyte into the fabric of the text, delighting in the strange poetry mauer crackles in the ordinary speech of kids—a tactic that will be picked up by later poets of motherhood: However I struggled even with opening to the pages.


Page forward — we get moving into “a day in the life” of the poet, the artist, the mom in ‘burb hell instreets iced with snow and history. Third, we tried to push ourselves with various constraints, challenges, etc. I unfortunately am just not one of them. The traditional epic themes of action and struggles to overcome are not found here, and unlike epics, Midwinter Day circles closer and closer into the intimate view of the family rather mivwinter out towards a view of history or the tale of the tribe.

Lists can be completely impersonal simply cataloguing objective data as one would in a scientific experiment. Preview — Midwinter Day by Bernadette Mayer. This book will not suit everyone, but if you enjoy modern poetry, or if an introspective contemplation of daily life with family and friends appeals to you, I highly recommend it.

Midwinter Day is an epic poem that describes the events of one Midwinter Day, from dreams in the morning to thoughts at night. Just a moment while we sign you in to midwijter Goodreads account.

My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be mivwinter on my blog. Mayer deliberately puts the reader in the position of questioning the function of words said aloud versus on the page.