Mz N: The Serial: A Poem-In-Episodes (Paperback)

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"Not a novel, not a memoir, not a lyric" — whatever this book is, it's a fiercely intelligent and sharply funny exploration of a woman's emotional and intellectual development that will have you running to keep up.

— From Stephen


A philosophical and sensual exploration of identity from the National Book Award finalist

The acclaimed poet, memoirist, and essayist Maureen N. McLane here charts a new path into vital genre-bending territories. Not a novel, not a memoir, not a lyric, Mz N: the serial offers something else life . . . a continual allegory (to invoke Keats): a life intense, episodic, female, sexual, philosophical, romantic, analytic. Tracking the growth of one poet's mind, switchbacking its way through American English, Mz N: the serial toggles between story and song. This is a poetry both furious / & alive.

Alive to the lash of love, the longueurs of adolescence, the limits of identity, Mz N: the serial is a bravura experiment in life-writing an assaying, a testing, a transforming, an honoring of the tentative and the torqued. What is it to be contemporary, to be one / among other ones in a cracking world ? How does a body vibrate into being? How is a mind made out of other minds? Seizing the queer realities of any life, Mz N: the serial explores how one is surprised, seduced, and struck into speech, thought, song, silence. Then, what is life? cried Shelley. So too Mz N.

About the Author

Maureen N. McLane is the author of several books of poetry, including the 2014 National Book Award finalist This Blue (FSG, 2014). Her book My Poets (FSG, 2012), a hybrid of memoir and criticism, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780374537050
ISBN-10: 0374537054
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 128
Language: English