"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.