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In The Descent of Alette Alice Notley presents a feminist epic a bold journey into the deeper realms Alette the narrator finds herself underground deep beneath the city where spirits and people ride endlessly o. I despise EVERYONE who has given this book LESS than 4 stars WHAT S THE MATTER WITH YOU Anyway there is no sliding scale for suffering here THIS BOOK will HAUNT you long after you ve finished reading it unlike ANY poetry Alice Notley creates new archetypes and gives new jobs to old ones Don t allow anyone to ruin it for you as most Notley fans can t help themselves but to blab about what and how this book unfolds Tell them to please be UIET Tell them this book is for YOU as much as anyone and it s your experience for the readingFor an interview with Notley Icebergs presents a feminist epic a bold journey into the deeper realms Alette the narrator finds herself underground deep beneath the city where spirits and The Line people ride endlessly o. I despise EVERYONE who has given this book LESS than 4 stars WHAT S THE MATTER WITH YOU Anyway there is no sliding scale for suffering here THIS BOOK will HAUNT you long after you ve finished reading it unlike ANY Your Naughty Playmate 3 - Cuckolding Fantasy poetry Alice Notley creates new archetypes and gives new jobs to old ones Don t allow anyone to ruin it for you as most Notley fans can t help themselves but to blab about what and how this book unfolds Tell them to Haute Chinese Cuisine from the Kitchen of Wakiya please be UIET Tell them this book is for YOU as much as anyone and it s your experience for the readingFor an interview with Notley

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N subways not allowed to live in the world above Traveling deeper and deeper she is on a journey of continual transformation encountering a series of figures and undergoing fragmentations and metamorphoses as s. The Descent of Alette is a contemporary feminist approach to the traditional monomyth even following the 17 stages as per Joseph Campbell fairly closely What makes this myth slightly different and perhaps relevant is the female as hero and the man as villain Alette is on a journey to defeat the tyrant who represents the repression and submission of women and refers to himself as comprising all reality The epic is dripping with metaphors some blatant than others about the evils of patriarchy and the sin man has committed to nature represented by a headless woman She travels through levels which in a way resemble a video game four books separated into subway stations caves forestswaters and leading up to the ultimate face off with the tyrant or boss if you will with the goal of reestablishing nature and the value of woman out of man s destruction and oppressive patriarchyWhen reading this one may get the notion that Notley really hates men Women must be beasts in order to transcend man s domain and even then they are still bound in one way or another within his imposed restrictions Non bestial women are rendered as faceless objectified static and helpless characters in the world man crafts Notley s women lose their sanity over this They are trapped perpetually in an underground subway where identities are few and far between trapped there by the man Alette must conuerNotley employs striking imagery and a language that absorbs the reader The epic is rich complex and easy to get lost in For metaphor junkies it can provide hours of stimulating and thought provoking analysis One such example she uses the subway to illustrate how individuals can lose their individuality you see them perform actions without objects As if in pantomime Without papers without machines Most ofthese are women They wear dresses pantyhose grown up shoes Then a man in a suit enters they hand him all theirinvisible work 19Most everyone is personality less often faceless with actions predetermined by gender roles In the subway we see the power dynamic between the men and women of everyday reality The only people on the subway who are distinguished in any way are the insane Alette proposes to the women that they could leave this realm of identitilessness and powerlessness if they grouped together but she herself is reluctant to alone transcend the place that has become so familiar and safeThe next realm she enters is that of the caves where issues of sex and gender are uestioned Here Alette loses her sex and subseuently her sense of identity So ubiuitous is gender that it is a great task for one to have a sense of self beyond it Throughout the poem Notley examines this in various ways uestioning the pervasiveness and necessity of genderIn the forest esue place Alette next enters she meets the headless women representing at once Mother Nature and the objectification of the female form In the previous book gender was uestioned while here it seems to be proliferated as Alette learns the value of her sex Though this is also where she learns the value and ability of her own bestiality the ultimate boon She becomes nature free of man s artificial intrusion It is ultimately the natural which succeeds which defeats the tyrant and within nature is both a genderlessness and an euality of gender that speaks to the importance of the female as a separate entity as well as a ubiuitous force necessary for lifeThough this is a blatantly feminist epic the language imagery allusions metaphors all help to make The Descent of Alette enjoyable to anyone who appreciates literature regardless of individual ideology It is rife with potential analysis and deconstruction yet is also a story that can be enjoyed superficially merely for what it is

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He seeks to confront the Tyrant and heal the world Using a new measure with rhythmic units indicated by uotation marks Notley has created a spoken text a rich and mesmerizing work of imagination mystery and pow. i listened to alice notley s four hour reading of this and that brought me into wild states of stupor recommend


10 thoughts on “The Descent of Alette Poets Penguin

  1. says:

    I despise EVERYONE who has given this book LESS than 4 stars WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU? Anyway there is no sliding scale for suffering here THIS BOOK will HAUNT you long after you've finished reading it unlike ANY poetry Alice Notle

  2. says:

    Epic and slow moving The Descent of Alette dramatizes a single woman’s battle against an ancient patriarchal force The novel in verse follows Alette the narrator as she wages war against the evil omnipresent Tyrant the personification of patriarchy; the Tyrant has imprisoned everyone underground in a subway system and only with his defeat can people return to the surface and reconnect with the natural world

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    I played laser tag for the first time this week I navigated the strobe lit rooms like a disoriented grandmother spending half my time dazzled by the alien autopsy disco room and the other half crab walking down ramps to avoid slips and rug burns This book was a lot like laser tag The writing was awesome—as surreal tinseled as the autopsy room In poems I was inside a subway wending through snake innards I met a hairy chested m

  4. says:

    This is an admirable novel in lyric It is endlessly creative furiously constructed and showcases a mind hard at work within the confines of the written word Not to suggest that the written word is inherently limiting but often than

  5. says:

    The Descent of Alette is a contemporary feminist approach to the traditional monomyth even following the 17 stages as per Joseph Campbell fairly closely What makes this myth slightly different and perhaps relevant is the female as h

  6. says:

    Alice Notley how did you know what was happening down in my subconsciousmeditationdream space? How did you dare write a book as unhinged and deep down as this? This is a book of poetry about killing the Tyrant If you are a revolutionary read this before Marx or Mao because I think it takes the possibility of emancipation seriously than they did Also it has beautiful snakes

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    I took a day off from work to descend with Alette and find myself thinking about this epic and some of its lines days later Like everything Alice Notley touches The Descent of Alette is amazing Notley writes On a leaf or a petal a piece of black lettuce Like a temple tiny nearly transparent My mind floats my mind floats but ever downward — resonant lines but especially so during COVIDElsewhere Thus there w

  8. says:

    I can’t look at uotation marks the same way

  9. says:

    i listened to alice notley's four hour reading of this and that brought me into wild states of stupor recommend

  10. says:

    My reaction to reading the text“I walked into” “the forest; “for the woods were lit” “by yellowstreet lamps” “along various” “dirty pathways” “I paused a moment”“to absorb” “the texture” “of bark needles” “The wind carried”“with a pine scent” “the river’s aura— “delicious air” “Then afigure” “appeared before me— “a woman” “in a long dress” “standingfeatureless” “

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