Andrea Brady

Andrea Brady’s Poetry and Bondage: A History and Theory of Lyric Constraint was published in 2021.

Stay Home, Stay Stoned: Diane di Prima

Andrea Brady, 10 March 2022

‘The laws of hospitality are older than the laws of the United States of America!’ Diane di Prima shouted at the FBI agents who came to her cold-water apartment in Manhattan in 1956, looking for a young dissident writer from Yugoslavia. It was her first encounter with ‘the Big Reality that had undone so much of Hollywood, of New York. Had killed the Rosenbergs and was even...

John Wieners​ once told his nephew he had met the Virgin Mary. ‘Did she say anything to you?’ Walter asked. ‘No,’ John said, ‘she doesn’t know how to speak.’ He paused. ‘But she’s learning.’ Wieners was born to a working-class family outside Boston in 1934, educated by Jesuits, and spent formative periods of his youth in New York,...

Lost Names: Lucille Clifton

Andrea Brady, 22 April 2021

Lucille Clifton developed an intensely economic­al style: short lines, sparse punctuation, ordinary language whose modesty is stress­ed by its lack of capitals. Her poems seem simple, but build unpredictably towards flashpoints of revelation. She twists the material of daily life into what Toni Morrison called ‘re-memory’, the clamour of history in the present.

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