Notley, Alice

Notley, Alice (c) Dirk Skiba

Alice Notley, born 1945 in Bisbee, Arizona/USA, lives in Paris, is one of the most famous poets of our time. Her work is characterised by crossing borders in all directions. She has published more than 40 volumes of poetry, including “Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2005” (Wesleyan University Press 2008), “Songs and Stories of the Ghouls” (Wesleyan University Press 2011) and “For the ride” (Penguin 2020). She has received many awards for her work.

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„…grammatickt mamal aus…“

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“How much poetic furor has been suffocated by the stench of diapers, quite literally in the muck, without even making it to the trash?” asks poet Dagmara Kraus in her polemic essay on poetry and motherhood. Other poets writing about motherhood found collectives, understandably called “CARE RAGE.”

Ursula Andkjær Olsen, Tjawangwa Dema, Athena Farrokhzad, Joanna Mueller, and Alice Notley write about motherhood, mother figures, pregnancy and childbirth, miscarriage, and abortion. In their poems, they seek a language to describe existential questions of motherhood and its archetypes.


Olsen, Ursula AndkjærDema, TjawangwaFarrokhzad, AthenaMueller, JoannaNotley, Alice

POETRY TALK: Eileen Myles & Alice Notley

Offering The Healing Of Words Reading & Conversation

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An encounter between the second and third generations of the New York School: Alice Notley (born 1945 Bisbee, Arizona/USA) and Eileen Myles (born 1949 in Cambridge, Massachusetts). A mentor-student relationship, though it isn’t always clear which is which. “I’m the one who has no / small feelings,” writes Alice Notley. Her poems are fearless, visionary, shamanistic, in lively exchange with the dead (Whatever I think is heard by the dead) and the collective unconscious. The Boston Review has written that Alice Notley has freed herself from any notion of what poetry should be in order to write what poetry can be. In this and every other respect, her work is unique: “I’m only alive and am my own guide.”

Myles, EileenNotley, Alice