"The book starts out dense, vagrant, proceeding on a combination of
automatic writing and methodical structural repetitions. It picks up
speed, changes gears from poetry to prose and back again, tries out
a sestina where both beginning and ending words recur. Then something
explodes midway through the book, as though all this formal experimentation
was the rumbling and smoldering of Mt. Saint Helens erupting over the
circumstances of Bernadette Mayer's move back to the Lower East Side
from New Hampshire, where what was menace in the air of rural America
is met head-on in the New York of Reagan and Wall Street. Two Haloed
Mourners is a memoir of fear and loathing as the seventies somersault
into the eighties. It's also about not shutting down, as a person, in
the midst of that." Ange Mlinko, Poetry Project Newsletter
Lewis Warsh assembled the manuscript for Two
Haloed Mourners from writings in Bernadette Mayer's archive.
All works in the book are previously unpublished except the title poem.
Designed by Philip Gallo. Cover image from a fresco by Aretino Spinello.
Printed on a photocopier. Bound in paper wrappers. 1998. 8 1/2" x 5
1/2;" 42 pages. First printing of 100 Second printing of 200 (1999)
Third printing of 500 (2000)