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Next to the Last Word

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Next to the Last Word
Susan Bright

The "Dark Lady" cycle allows the nameless woman Shakespeare wrote about to speak. She time-travels, is a universal witness whose wise cracks snap at the human condition. Pure invention, she lives in Elizabethan England, contemporary Detroit, Calcutta or downtown Austin. "Five hundred years on this planet and her story doesn't end."

Eve La Salle Caram, novelist, professor, The Writer's Program, UCLA Extension

"Inside Time" is a series of performance pieces and tirades, poems about what happens to us, to the people we love, to the planet. "There Is a Rip in Me" is a long tirade in which all of civilization pours through a woman swimming up the River Thames.

"Everything that is in the world or has been in the world is fair game because alive. And that is perhaps the most important thing about these poems: They are alive."

Faye Kicknowsway, poet, professor, Univ. of Hawaii

Bright's slant on art and the world is uniquely shaped by the fact that she is both a performing poet and the editor and publisher of more than a hundred books by other poets. Her poems about the history of bookmaking, ancient illuminators, libraries, scribes, advertisements and commerce explore the process so that "Print" becomes itself the subject of art. ". . . a seeing that won't let the last word in edgewise."

Craig Czury, Poet-in-Schools, PA

Poetry about the passion, mechanics and aesthetics of the word, more than a hundred new poems and selected early work-- "A dazzling reach--Athelstan and Little League, the voice of Shakespeare's Dark lady and the shrewd observer of late twentieth-century urban life, witty prose poems and a lyrical series of fourteen-liners.

A joy to read and Bright's best book yet.

Betty Sue Flowers, poet and professor, UT Austin

156 pgs
ISBN: 1-891386-04-2

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