Pretend the World by Kathryn KysarPretend the World by Kathryn Kysar

Pretend the World

byKathryn Kysar

Paperback | April 22, 2011

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Pretend the World confronts our false sense of safety in our self-created worlds. From her St. Paul kitchen to the historical shores of Lake Superior, from an airplane above Bagdad to a clothing factory in Guangdong, Kathryn Kysar pretends the glimmering and the sordid in these honest, searing poems that explore the inequities, cracks, and fissures in women's constructed lives.Kathryn Kysar is the author ofDark Lake (Loonfeather Press, 2002), a book of poetry, and is the editor ofRiding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers (Borealis Books, 2008). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Anderson Center, and she has published poems in many anthologies and magazines, includingGreat River Review,Mizna, andPainted Bride Quarterly. She serves on the board of directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.Pretend the World confronts our false sense of safety in our self-created worlds. From her St. Paul kitchen to the historical shores of Lake Superior, from an airplane above Bagdad to a clothing factory in Guangdong, Kathryn Kysar pretends the glimmering and the sordid in these honest, searing poems that explore the inequities, cracks, and fissures in women's constructed lives.Kathryn Kysar is the author ofDark Lake (Loonfeather Press, 2002), a book of poetry, and is the editor ofRiding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers (Borealis Books, 2008). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Anderson Center, and she has published poems in many anthologies and magazines, includingGreat River Review,Mizna, andPainted Bride Quarterly. She serves on the board of directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.Pretend the World confronts our false sense of safety in our self-created worlds. From her St. Paul kitchen to the historical shores of Lake Superior, from an airplane above Bagdad to a clothing factory in Guangdong, Kathryn Kysar pretends the glimmering and the sordid in these honest, searing poems that explore the inequities, cracks, and fissures in women's constructed lives.Kathryn Kysar is the author ofDark Lake (Loonfeather Press, 2002), a book of poetry, and is the editor ofRiding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers (Borealis Books, 2008). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Anderson Center, and she has published poems in many anthologies and magazines, includingGreat River Review,Mizna, andPainted Bride Quarterly. She serves on the board of directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.
Kathryn Kysar is the author of a book of poetry Dark Lake (Loonfeather, 2002) and the editor of a collection of essays, Riding Shotgun: Women Writing About Their Mothers (Borealis, 2008). Her poems have been heard on A Writer's Almanac and published in many literary magazines including Great River Review, Midland Review, Mizna, Pain...
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Title:Pretend the WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 22, 2011Publisher:Holy Cow! PressLanguage:English

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The spirited poems inKathryn Kysar'sPretend the World radiate a lyric vitality as they explore the world of nature, motherhood, sexuality, and celebrate the lost bounty of the past." - Dorianne Laux, author ofThe Book of Men"In poems that 'tick from her tongue,'Kathyrn Kysar skillfully weaves the personal with the political. I'm thinking of pieces like 'Cutting Bread' and 'Playing with Planes,' but also 'the weight of war in a mother's heart.' This is a sure lyric voice rooted in the Midwest, but also the world at large. In language both precise and vivid ('Exactness is [her] prayer'), we experience 'soft, tendril-like bones' and watch as '[c]rimson curls a leaf's edge.'Pretend the World brings to mind, but with a twist, the Whitmanic ethos: who touches this book, touches a woman." - Francisco Aragon, author ofGlow of Our Sweat"InKathryn Kysar's poems, culture and history become an umbilical cord burrowed deep into Midwestern soil, spiraling and reemerging, literally, in China. These are poems that merge landscape and interiority to re-inspire life. What results is a voice strong and delicate as a nexus of white tree branches mid-winter, emanating poem after gorgeous poem that in total whisper like wind over land and water the constant reminder: 'we are all learning to leave.' Profound, wise, playful,Kysar is a rare and amazing poet. A beautiful, awesome book of graces to be wildly celebrated." - Ed Bok Lee, author ofReal Karaoke People andWhorled"Balancing the delicate acts of loving and grieving,Kathryn Kysar microscopes the world of modern woman/motherhood. Kysar's ability to politicize parenting and gender offer a gripping but blunt way of seeing the lives we create, the wars we wage, the things we consume, and the connections we make without overbearing sentimentality or righteousness.Pretend the World is a searing testament to being a mother in a world filled with monsters."-Poetry Foundation"The spirited poems inKathryn Kysar'sPretend the World radiate a lyric vitality as they explore the world of nature, motherhood, sexuality, and celebrate the lost bounty of the past."-Dorianne Laux, author ofThe Book of Men"In poems that 'tick from her tongue,'Kathyrn Kysar skillfully weaves the personal with the political. I'm thinking of pieces like 'Cutting Bread' and 'Playing with Planes,' but also 'the weight of war in a mother's heart.' This is a sure lyric voice rooted in the Midwest, but also the world at large. In language both precise and vivid ('Exactness is [her] prayer'), we experience 'soft, tendril-like bones' and watch as '[c]rimson curls a leaf's edge.'Pretend the World brings to mind, but with a twist, the Whitmanic ethos: who touches this book, touches a woman."-Francisco Aragon, author ofGlow of Our Sweat"InKathryn Kysar's poems, culture and history become an umbilical cord burrowed deep into Midwestern soil, spiraling and reemerging, literally, in China. These are poems that merge landscape and interiority to re-inspire life. What results is a voice strong and delicate as a nexus of white tree branches mid-winter, emanating poem after gorgeous poem that in total whisper like wind over land and water the constant reminder: 'we are all learning to leave.' Profound, wise, playful,Kysar is a rare and amazing poet. A beautiful, awesome book of graces to be wildly celebrated."-Ed Bok Lee, author ofReal Karaoke People andWhorled"Balancing the delicate acts of loving and grieving,Kathryn Kysar microscopes the world of modern woman/motherhood. Kysar's ability to politicize parenting and gender offer a gripping but blunt way of seeing the lives we create, the wars we wage, the things we consume, and the connections we make without overbearing sentimentality or righteousness.Pretend the World is a searing testament to being a mother in a world filled with monsters."-Poetry Foundation"