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Words as Amulets

Ange Mlinko: Barbara Guest’s Poems

3 December 2009
The Collected Poems of Barbara Guest 
edited by Hadley Haden Guest.
Wesleyan, 525 pp., £33.95, July 2008, 978 0 8195 6860 1
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Women, the New York School and Other True Abstractions 
by Maggie Nelson.
Iowa, 288 pp., £38.50, December 2007, 978 1 58729 615 4
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... French Surrealism and modern painting in general; they both had their first books published by Tibor de Nagy Editions, her The Location of Things (1960) and his A City Winter and Other Poems (1951). BradGooch, in his biography of O’Hara, describes Guest, O’Hara and the painter Grace Hartigan and her husband meeting up in Paris in 1958. After lunch Guest suggested that the group cross the street ...

Not in My House

Mark Ford: Flannery O’Connor

23 July 2009
Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor 
by Brad Gooch.
Little, Brown, 448 pp., £20, May 2009, 978 0 316 00066 6
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... of her worship. Regina was her cross. She was Regina’s cross. It worked. They both basked now and then in the glow of it.’ The life and writings of Flannery O’Connor offer a piquant contrast to BradGooch’s previous biographical subject, the poet Frank O’Hara – though both came from Catholic families of Irish origin. O’Connor disliked cities, and boasted to a friend of a spell in ...

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