Mary Jo Bang

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BOMB Retrospective: Revisiting the Six Questions by Mary Jo Bang
An image of Mary Jo Bang's name and a swirling "BOMB's 40th Retrospective" image on the side.

Celebrating 40 years with curated selections from the archive.

BOMB Retrospective: Revisiting the Six Questions by Mary Jo Bang
An image of Mary Jo Bang's name and a swirling "BOMB's 40th Retrospective" image on the side.

Celebrating 40 years with curated selections from the archive.

Create a Radical and Memorable Equivalent: Mary Jo Bang Interviewed by Sylvia Sukop
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A new translation with contemporary allusions that reflect the boldness of the original.

Textes by Shuzo Takiguchi

A snow lark hovers over the isolated Isle of the Dead A shadow on the beach is an echo of Venus who bestows upon me some ripened red fruit In this isolated moment waves produce a dream that seduces me

Four Poems by Mary Jo Bang

In any narrative, facts are present or not. One might assume the more facts, the better the constructed history, since facts are meant to reflect what can’t be computed by storytelling alone, which is said to be subjective and therefore inaccurate.

Six Questions for Mary Jo Bang by Poets.org
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In anticipation of the 2012 Poets Forum, our friends at the Academy of American Poets will conduct a series of six-question interviews featuring six different poets leading up to their event this month, October 18–20. BOMB is excited to be able to share the first interview in this series, a conversation with Mary Jo Bang.

Dante’s Inferno, Canto XXXIV by Mary Jo Bang
Henrik Drescher.

“The banners of the King of Hell come forth,”
My teacher said, “and straight at us.
Look ahead and see if you can see him.”

Mary Jo Bang: The Bride of Alliteration by Susie DeFord
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Mary Jo Bang’s poems are full of elbows and sharp, uncomfortable angles. She skillfully delves into the harsh crevices of life and mind and illuminates them with her alliterative, controlled verse.

Three Poems by Mary Jo Bang
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