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LOVE MAKES THINKING DARK
Barbara Henning
85 pages, paperback
Cover by Miranda Maher
ISBN: 0-935992-03-0
Copyright 1995
$7.00

The first full-length collection of poems by the editor of Long News: In the Short Century (a journal of writing and art). Her poetry, fiction and critical writing has been published in numerous magazines, including Fiction International, The World and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A book of prose poems, Smoking in the Twilight Bar, was published by United Artists Books in 1984.

"Barbara Henning's deep and quirky knowledge of the human soul-especially woman's soul-brings us to a simultaneous exploration of the outside and the inside, Self and Other: the macrocosm and microcosm of the alchemists. She takes us far, and so skillfully that we are glad to let her do it." Diane di Prima

"Not since the Metaphysical Poets have there been love poems like these-assembled from a tantalizing collection of analytic lyricism, philosophical speculation and wickedly witty word play. In politics, as well as poetics, Henning cuts across categories with surprising and pleasurable results. By turns piercingly direct and oblique, these poems glow darkly in the mind." Elaine Equi

"The verse and prose poems in Love Makes Thinking Dark are disjunctive meditations composed of pithy non sequiturs motivated by quirks of logic, love, and language. Conventions, anomalies, and violations of grammar, semantics, and syntax are duly noted along with the deadening routine, curious estrangement, and everyday violence of mothers and fathers, daughters and lovers whose significance to one another erodes in relentlessly paratactic sentences. Each page, "a postcard with a prosy style," reveals a deconstructed grammar of passion and loss." Harryette Mullen

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