I took. I borrowed. I turned.
I knew. And from then on
I was the anything that wanted done.
—from “A Equals All of a Sudden”
Following her acclaimed Elegy
, Mary Jo Bang’s sixth collection, The Bride of E
, confronts what the first poem posits in its title: “Cosmic Aloneness Is the Bride of Existence.” Out of that solitude of being, Bang has fashioned an abecedarian that is at once wild and rapturous in its language and music, and compelling and beautiful in its awareness of and yearning for what isn’t there. The Bride of E
is the brilliant new work by one of our essential, most innovative poets.