I AM YOU by Anne Tardos
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Opening the Self to a host of others through intuitive linguistic associations, these excerpts from the long poems “Letting Go” and “The Letter: A Bloodbath” explore the limits of language, meaning, and the human subject. They record personal feelings, while permitting sounds and reflections not traditionally found in the genres of elegy or autobiography to enter.
In this work, letting go of the ego does not mean purging the personal from poetry or submitting the writing process to chance, but representing the Self in liminal and permeated states. Subjectivity is plural and unstable, constituted by contact with words, objects, animals, and lovers. There exists an “I,” but its borders are transparent and interpenetrating.
Following the ego to the egg and the eagle, these pages evoke moments of transition, whether the “Thoughts that create sounds / Sounds that create words” or the girl “who will let go of herself and become something else.” The stages of transformation are painful, likened to a “great surgery” and a “bloodbath,” but also edifying. As the narrator notes, “You confirm and you build by repetition.” The comment applies equally to poetic method and daily life.
“A brilliant and disturbing masterpiece—an unpicking
of elegy and its inevitable entanglements with 'autobiography.' Its expression is supra-active and fast paced. It scans form and implications of the living and the dead. It exhumes and lays to rest. It left me stunned."
"I Am You reminds us of something we know but often forget: that identity is formed in relation to others. These poems are couched within the contexts of process-based, art-making practice and clear-headed philosophical inquiry. The result is a kind of philosophical investigation into the multiplicity of time."
American Book Review
"I Am You is a powerful book, one that manages to be both a deeply realistic exploration and a send-up of grief and all its detritus. [H]ow refreshing it is to be able to appreciate a collection of smart, evasively direct, funny poems for the way they deal with deep emotion, rather than the way they avoid it."
Poetry Project Newsletter
Anne Tardos, French-born American poet, is the author of ten books of poetry, and editor of three collections of poetry by Jackson Mac Low. Her work has been translated and published in dozens of anthologies and journals around the world.
Tardos pioneered a unique multilingual writing style, often complementing her texts with video stills, photographs, and collages. Her writing is renowned for its fluid use of multiple languages and its innovative forms. She has worked in numerous media, creating performance pieces, radio plays, videos, and musical compositions.
Around 1980, she began performing her own works, and also creating new works with Mac Low. Her multilingual and multimedia works have been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the West German Radio, WDR; the XLIV Venice Biennale; and in many international sound poetry festivals, including Festival La Bâtie, Geneva; text-ljud Festival, Stockholm; Scene Wien, Vienna; and Zwischentoene, Cologne.
Since moving to New York in 1966, she maintained lifelong friendships with artists Richard Lindner, Saul Steinberg, Sam Francis, Larry Rivers, Vito Acconci, Ay-O, John Cage, Judith Malina, Simone Forti, Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, George Maciunas; art dealer Felix Landau, architects Vally and Serge Sabarsky; poets Jackson Mac Low (to whom she was married), Jerome Rothenberg, Lyn Hejinian, Anne Waldman, Robert Creeley, and other influential figures of the New York avant-garde.
A Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Tardos lives in New York City with her husband, the composer Michael Byron.
· Paperback: 200 pages
· Binding: Perfect-Bound
· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books]
· ISBN: 978-1-60964-268-6