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review The Descent of Alette Poets Penguin

In The Descent of Alette Alice Notley presents a feminist epic a bold journey into the deeper realms Alette the narrator finds herself underground deep beneath the city where spirits and people ride endlessly o I despise EVERYONE who has given this book LESS than 4 stars WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU? Anyway there is no sliding scale for suffering here THIS BOOK will HAUNT you long after you've finished reading it unlike ANY poetry Alice Notley creates new archetypes and gives new jobs to old ones Don't allow anyone to ruin it for you as most Notley fans can't help themselves but to blab about what and how this book unfolds Tell them to please be UIET Tell them this book is for YOU as much as anyone and it's your experience for the readingFor an interview with Notley Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries underground deep beneath the city where spirits and people ride endlessly o I despise EVERYONE who has given this book LESS than 4 stars WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU? Anyway there is no sliding scale for suffering here THIS BOOK will HAUNT you long after you've finished reading it Engendering Song unlike ANY poetry Alice Notley creates new archetypes and gives new jobs to old ones Don't allow anyone to ruin it for you as most Notley fans can't help themselves but to blab about what and how this book Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide unfolds Tell them to please be UIET Tell them this book is for YOU as much as anyone and it's your experience for the readingFor an interview with Notley

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The Descent of Alette Poets Penguin

N subways not allowed to live in the world above Traveling deeper and deeper she is on a journey of continual transformation encountering a series of figures and undergoing fragmentations and metamorphoses as s Alice Notley how did you know what was happening down in my subconsciousmeditationdream space? How did you dare write a book as unhinged and deep down as this? This is a book of poetry about killing the Tyrant If you are a revolutionary read this before Marx or Mao because I think it takes the possibility of emancipation seriously than they did Also it has beautiful snakes Beyond the Pale undergoing fragmentations and metamorphoses as s Alice Notley how did you know what was happening down in my subconsciousmeditationdream space? How did you dare write a book as The Black Ice Score (Parker, unhinged and deep down as this? This is a book of poetry about killing the Tyrant If you are a revolutionary read this before Marx or Mao because I think it takes the possibility of emancipation seriously than they did Also it has beautiful snakes

Alice Notley Ð 6 review

He seeks to confront the Tyrant and heal the world Using a new measure with rhythmic units indicated by uotation marks Notley has created a spoken text a rich and mesmerizing work of imagination mystery and pow I can’t look at uotation marks the same way Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide units indicated by The White Nights of Ramadan uotation marks Notley has created a spoken text a rich and mesmerizing work of imagination mystery and pow I can’t look at Beyond the Pale uotation marks the same way


10 thoughts on “The Descent of Alette Poets Penguin

  1. says:

    I despise EVERYONE who has given this book LESS than 4 stars WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU? Anyway there is no sliding scale for suffering here THIS BOOK will HAUNT you long after you've finished reading it unlike ANY poetry Alice Notley creates new archetypes and gives new jobs to old ones Don't allow anyone to ruin it for you as most Notley fans can't help themselves but to blab about what and how this book unfolds Tell them to please be UIET Tell them this book is for YOU as much as anyone and it's your experience for the readingFor an interview with Notley


  2. says:

    Epic and slow moving The Descent of Alette dramatizes a single woman’s battle against an ancient patriarchal force The novel in verse follows Alette the narrator as she wages war against the evil omnipresent Tyrant the personification of patriarchy; the Tyrant has imprisoned everyone underground in a subway system and only with his defeat can people return to the surface and reconnect with the natural world As the heroine travels to and fro she recollects the stories of the people she meets and muses about what a feminist future might entail As admirable as Notley’s project is it pales in comparison to other American women poets’ feminist epics from Gwendolyn Brooks’s Annie Allen to Bernadette Mayer’s Midwinter Day The storyline is dated the language drags and most notably the work’s “new measure” in which rhythmic units are indicated by uotation marks feels incredibly gimmicky Notley’s written many great shorter poems but this seems worth passing


  3. says:

    I played laser tag for the first time this week I navigated the strobe lit rooms like a disoriented grandmother spending half my time dazzled by the alien autopsy disco room and the other half crab walking down ramps to avoid slips and rug burns This book was a lot like laser tag The writing was awesome—as surreal tinseled as the autopsy room In poems I was inside a subway wending through snake innards I met a hairy chested mermaid The speaker’s genitals detach reattach and Could the animator of Fantastic Planet please rise from the dead and make this into a film? I deduct a star for a critical plot point that I navigated as unwillingly as a carpeted ramp the speaker is on a hunt for the Tyrant aka the Patriarchy funneled into a single being as well as The Mother from Whom All Women Originate Anytime these figures surfaced I knew a Big Moral was around the bend; I felt forced into catechism I spent my reading sleuthing what that moral might be and whether or not I could get behind it I deduct a second star for the Mother of all Mothers The Mother says cringe inducing things like “Then something happened” “to the male” “perhaps because he” “didn’t give birth” ”he lost his” “connection” “to the beginning” Maybe I’m a misogynist but she may as well describe a moon breast I resent the implication that my worth might be based on some clump of entrails I don’t plan to use I also fear that this underworld has a womyn born womyn only policy that I would strictly oppose


  4. says:

    This is an admirable novel in lyric It is endlessly creative furiously constructed and showcases a mind hard at work within the confines of the written word Not to suggest that the written word is inherently limiting but often than not I stop myself and say “it is only words How much can I expect from this?” This uestion was pushed and sueezed throughout my entire readingI came to conclude that writing is much than just words despite it only being comprised of only words Instead I began to think of words as ideas aided and abetted by images constructed of words More often than not I set this book aside to let the images stew in my mind There are a total of 148 pages each with its own poem on it It is a lot to take in but I couldn’t help but admire the hard work put into this book This is all flattering Notley on the merits of her poetry When I consider this book as a single work and a novel I am left with mixed feelings First off I felt let down by the ending This could be the nature of an epic tale I consider the idea that the grandiosity of the epic makes for inevitable let downs I consider the show Lost which was massive in scope and characters that any ending despite its uninspired finish would feel anticlimactic It would be inevitable that the weight of story lines motivations and ambitions would have to leave one restless in the end I’m not sure if this is the case with this book The entirety of the book hinges on our protagonist Alette and her struggle against “the tyrant” patriarchy personified All threads lead to her inevitable showdown When the showdown comes there is little to throw a fuss about It lasts only page or so and the nature of their struggle betrays the bombastic creativity that precedes it As with any epic especially those written in lyric all things operate on two levels of meaning The tyrant represents the all the sexist things in society I was hoping that the showdown would also hold a symbolic unraveling of sexist notions But the showdown seemed so dashed off that any kinds of answers to societal problems was unclear and undercut There’s a good chance that I didn’t fully grasp the meaning or that I misread it but the fact remains that any of her own answers to the problems that she spends a great deal of time setting up didn’t follow through for me Another issue I had was with the tip toeing between prose and poetry and how it effected the exposition When there is such an emphasis upon figurative meanings there can get to the point where even the basic actions of the main character need to have great significance This got somewhat tedious I didn’t like having to freuently jump back and forth between belief in an actual story and metaphor that was conveying a intellectual and emotionally complex argument This is tenuously linked to how much I believed in or didn’t believe in the character and her motivations and desires In keeping with the traditions of epics there was not a lot of occupation with the main character’s inner psyche I’ve always found this the most difficult part of these types of stories I’m not sure whether or not there should or shouldn’t be tensions within the character Or if the character herself should be taken seriously in a realistic sense Even though Notley is using characters in her lyricism maybe we shouldn’t be looking too much into them as characters as we would in a novel but be absorbing the brunt of the narrative through the function of just the languageEither way it didn’t uite sit with me right All these criticisms aside I would highly recommend this reading just based upon Notley’s brilliant use of language I especially recommend it to those interested in feminist literature I would hope and could easily see this becoming a classic of literature as the progress for feminism moves forward


  5. says:

    The Descent of Alette is a contemporary feminist approach to the traditional monomyth even following the 17 stages as per Joseph Campbell fairly closely What makes this myth slightly different and perhaps relevant is the female as hero and the man as villain Alette is on a journey to defeat the tyrant who represents the repression and submission of women and refers to himself as comprising all reality The epic is dripping with metaphors some blatant than others about the evils of patriarchy and the sin man has committed to nature represented by a headless woman She travels through levels which in a way resemble a video game four books separated into subway stations caves forestswaters and leading up to the ultimate face off with the tyrant or boss if you will with the goal of reestablishing nature and the value of woman out of man’s destruction and oppressive patriarchyWhen reading this one may get the notion that Notley really hates men Women must be beasts in order to transcend man’s domain and even then they are still bound in one way or another within his imposed restrictions Non bestial women are rendered as faceless objectified static and helpless characters in the world man crafts Notley’s women lose their sanity over this They are trapped perpetually in an underground subway where identities are few and far between trapped there by the man Alette must conuerNotley employs striking imagery and a language that absorbs the reader The epic is rich complex and easy to get lost in For metaphor junkies it can provide hours of stimulating and thought provoking analysis One such example she uses the subway to illustrate how individuals can lose their individuality “you” “see them” “perform actions” “without objects”“As if in pantomime” “Without papers” “without machines” “Most ofthese are women” “They wear dresses” “pantyhose” “grown up shoes”“Then a man” “in a suit” “enters” “they hand him” “all theirinvisible work” 19Most everyone is personality less often faceless with actions predetermined by gender roles In the subway we see the power dynamic between the men and women of everyday reality The only people on the subway who are distinguished in any way are the “insane” Alette proposes to the women that they could leave this realm of identitilessness and powerlessness if they grouped together but she herself is reluctant to alone transcend the place that has become so familiar and safeThe next realm she enters is that of the caves where issues of sex and gender are uestioned Here Alette loses her sex and subseuently her sense of identity So ubiuitous is gender that it is a great task for one to have a sense of self beyond it Throughout the poem Notley examines this in various ways uestioning the pervasiveness and necessity of genderIn the forest esue place Alette next enters she meets the headless women representing at once Mother Nature and the objectification of the female form In the previous book gender was uestioned while here it seems to be proliferated as Alette learns the value of her sex Though this is also where she learns the value and ability of her own bestiality the ultimate boon She becomes nature free of man’s artificial intrusion It is ultimately the natural which succeeds which defeats the tyrant and within nature is both a genderlessness and an euality of gender that speaks to the importance of the female as a separate entity as well as a ubiuitous force necessary for lifeThough this is a blatantly feminist epic the language imagery allusions metaphors all help to make The Descent of Alette enjoyable to anyone who appreciates literature regardless of individual ideology It is rife with potential analysis and deconstruction yet is also a story that can be enjoyed superficially merely for what it is


  6. says:

    Alice Notley how did you know what was happening down in my subconsciousmeditationdream space? How did you dare write a book as unhinged and deep down as this? This is a book of poetry about killing the Tyrant If you are a revolutionary read this before Marx or Mao because I think it takes the possibility of emancipation seriously than they did Also it has beautiful snakes


  7. says:

    I took a day off from work to descend with Alette and find myself thinking about this epic and some of its lines days later Like everything Alice Notley touches The Descent of Alette is amazing Notley writes On a leaf or a petal a piece of black lettuce Like a temple tiny nearly transparent My mind floats my mind floats but ever downward — resonant lines but especially so during COVIDElsewhere Thus there was a woman who kept trying The day I read Alette I also tried to make a strawberry gAlette my first Coincidence? I think not


  8. says:

    I can’t look at uotation marks the same way


  9. says:

    i listened to alice notley's four hour reading of this and that brought me into wild states of stupor recommend


  10. says:

    My reaction to reading the text“I walked into” “the forest; “for the woods were lit” “by yellowstreet lamps” “along various” “dirty pathways” “I paused a moment”“to absorb” “the texture” “of bark needles” “The wind carried”“with a pine scent” “the river’s aura— “delicious air” “Then afigure” “appeared before me— “a woman” “in a long dress” “standingfeatureless” “in a dark space” ‘Welcome' she said stepped into”“the light” “She was dark haired” “but very pale” “I stared hard at herrealizing” “that her flesh was” “translucent tremulous “awhitish gel” “She was protoplasmic “looking— “But rather beautifulAww hell no