dusie kollektiv, 2006
limited print run for the dusie kollektiv
"an intense and intricate line, one whose montage seems a lesson in compression culled from the Objectivists. John Olson once quipped that Mangold’s poetry was “like Reznikoff at a sewing machine,” which seems an apt description, if one bears in mind that the machine is guided by a human hand. In Olson’s analogy, the machine is the writing process: the joining of two planes to form a shirt, an airplane wing, or a recollection...
Her treatment of history (and its relationship to the present) is where Mangold most closely resembles Charles Reznikoff. Her poetry is a kind of testimony, one in which an historical context is introduced. Because legal testimony occurs under oath, the witness is asked to tell the truth. Anyone with a television set is familiar with the phrase: do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God? This is an important distinction: the witness is not sworn to recall events; she is asked to answer questions truthfully.
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