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Mary Ruefle

Mary Ruefle (b 1952, USA) is a poet and essayist, whose career in writing spans close to four decades.

Among her many books are Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. In 2010, her Selected Poems received the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her most recent collection, published in 2019, is Dunce.

She has worked across multiple genres, and her publications include a comic book, Go Home and Go to Bed! (2007), She is also an erasure artist, and her treatments of nineteenth-century texts have been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries. She has been the recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a Whiting Award, among several other prestigious honours. She lives in Bennington, Vermont.

These poems grace the readers with wonder, wisdom, and whim “conducted/ without compromise,” securing Ruefle’s reputation among poets as the patron saint of childhood and the everyday.

Publishers Weekly on Dunce

There’d be a whole lot more civilization out there if we were all as knowing and merry as these essays.

David Kirby, The New York Times on Madness, Rack, and Honey
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