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By Bernadette Mayer

Maybe Bernadette Mayer's maximum paintings, Midwinter Day used to be written on December 22, 1978, at a hundred major highway, Lenox, Massachusetts. "Midwinter Day," as Alice Notley famous, "is an epic poem a few day-by-day routine." A poem in six elements, Midwinter Day takes us from awakening and rising from goals throughout the entire day-morning, afternoon, night, night-to desires back: ". . . a simple creation to modes of affection and reason/Then to finish i assume with love, a style to this wintry weather season/Now I've stated this love it's all i will be able to remember/Of Midwinter Day the twenty-second of December//Welcome solar, ultimately with thy softer light/That takes the chew from iciness weather/And weaves the random fabric of lifestyles together/And drives away the lengthy black night!"

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