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Alice Notley (born November 8, 1945) is an American poet. Notley came to prominence as a member of the second generation of the New York School of poetry--although she has always denied being involved with the New School movement, or any specific movement in general--having been a workshop leader and frequent attendee and reader at the school's hub, the St. Mark's Poetry Project.[citation needed] Notley's early work laid both formal and theoretical groundwork for several generations of poets; she is considered a pioneering voice on topics like motherhood and domestic life.

A reader, Pamela Scott from UK shares some thoughts on AMAZON UK about Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems by Alice Notley: "This is my first time reading this poet. I bought this collection after reading some rave reviews when I was on the hunt for some new poets to try. I found this to be quite a mixed bag of poems. A lot of the poems worked and were enjoyable but almost as much didn’t work for me. Notley is a diverse, talented poet but I expected to enjoy this a lot more. Some poems, especially in the last hundred or so pages were quite a slog to get through. The poems are ordered chronologically and I enjoyed the older poems at the start of the collection a lot more. The poems in the first half are very vivid and full of rich detail. I enjoyed these immensely. After the halfway mark the structure and layout of the poems become quite experimental with one word lines and weird alignment and this really put me off. There are also a bunch of poems in the second half of the collection that consist mainly of random sentences in quotation marks that I really didn’t enjoy. I didn’t get on very well with this collection and really struggled to read the land hundred or so pages. Maybe this is because I don’t like reading 364 page poem collections. Grave of Light started off well but this wasn’t carried all the way through."

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