Today's poem is "Just Vanilla"
from Meme

University of Iowa Press

Susan Wheeler is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Meme from the University of Iowa Press, and the novel, Record Palace, published by Graywolf Press in 2005. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Witter Bynner Prize for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has taught at Columbia University, the University of Iowa Writers Workshops, the New School for Social Research, and New York University. Currently she is on the faculty and directs the creative writing program of Princeton University.

Books by Susan Wheeler:

Other poems on the web by Susan Wheeler:
Eight poems
"The Debtor in the Convex Mirror"
Four poems
"The Scar"
"In Sky"

Susan Wheeler's Blog.

Susan Wheeler's Website.

Susan Wheeler According to Wikipedia.

Susan Wheeler on Twitter.

About Meme:

"In Meme, the traditional elegy dissolves into excited bursts of imitated idiomatic speech interwoven with writing from a different register—the coolly removed, self-insightful lyric. That the elaborately constructed edifice that is personality can be reconstructed with such fascinating economy and delightful indirection is amazing. These poems are pure poetic genius."
—Mary Jo Bang

"Meme is a haunted work. We are ushered in by the disembodied voice of a mother figure, scolding and teasing in the time-stamped slang of past decades. The anachronism is both funny and terribly sad. 'Don't come in here all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed,' the voice says. And it turns out that's fair warning. This cracked Virgil leads us into a consciously Dantean underworld ('Had you entered the thicket in darkness / . . . Had you been mid-life, not in haze but in crisis?'). Wheeler has created a total (and to me terrifying) linguistic environment in which hell is the introjected voices of other people, the hungry ghosts of our recent past."
—Rae Armantrout

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