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Muske-Dukes, Carol 1945-

Works: 68 works in 187 publications in 2 languages and 7,374 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Poetry  Psychological fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Interviews  Filmed interviews  Educational films 
Roles: Author, Interviewer, Editor
Classifications: PS3563.U837, 811.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Carol Muske-Dukes
Life after death : a novel by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and Czech and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At some point in our lives, each one of us has, at least briefly, wished someone dead. In the heat of an argument, some of us even say the words. But what if you say it and then it happens? Boyd Schaeffer must face life as a widow and single mother while struggling with the horror and guilt of her husband's untimely death
Channeling Mark Twain : a novel by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young woman decides to teach a poetry workshop at the Woman's House of Detention on Rikers Island, and finds it is changing her as much as the women she teaches
Sparrow : poems by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collecction of autobiographical poems which deal with love and loss
Saving St. Germ by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Having made her fictional debut with a book so compulsively readable "it has to be sandblasted out of your hands" (The Washington Post Book World), Carol Muske Dukes gives us a new novel that is even more engrossing - and also funny, sad, and ceaselessly provocative. Esme Charbonneau is a brilliant chemist who teaches at the University of Greater California, in a suburb of Los Angeles. She's married to a technical director for television and has one child, Olivia, who has been described by one or two clinicians as "autistic," but who really isn't - she's an odd child, a creative child, definitely unlike other children; but not impaired, just indefatigably herself. Esme has been chemically "deconstructing" the world for some time now. It seems she's taken refuge in chemistry psychologically to the extent that she is finding it harder and harder to stay focused on the 'real-' world. She can't stop taking things apart chemically - food, cosmetics, people's faces. What she is afraid is a kind of scientific nervous breakdown is, in fact, the very seeds of brilliant theoretical inspiration. What happens to Esme is this: her marriage breaks up, her child gets sick, she has trouble keeping up at work, eventually she loses her job. The irony of her demise is that it comes at just the moment that she is strongest, most herself. She makes an important research discovery at the precise moment she is fired by her university. She discovers information about her past, renews her relationship with her mother, and reaches a point of insight into her child's character, as well as her own. What happens to Esme doesn't happen because she is crazy, but rather because she is a powerful, unusual, creative woman who begins to live her life the way she must, the only way she can. On the one hand, she is extraordinary. On the other, she is part of the new, growing class of "ordinary" women who are single mothers, heads of households, involved in careers. Where theoretical science and domestic life come together, where Esme carves out a life for herself and her daughter - that is where the heart of the story beats. Her eloquence misheard as madness, her most deeply held beliefs brought into question, Esme Charbonneau becomes as unlikely - and most appropriate - a heroine as we're likely to see for a long time, in this masterful novel whose subversive wit is edged with razors
Dear Digby by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

9 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An oddball newspaper editor advises eccentric readers--and reckons with her own painful past Willis Digby is the letters editor at Sis (Sisterhood) magazine, a job that drives her mad. Plowing through correspondence that fluctuates from the predictable boosterish boilerplate to letters challenging conventional notions of sanity, Willis struggles to find a balance in her selections for publication in the landmark feminist journal. Memorable letters include those from a woman who sprinkles cat food into her husband & rsquo;s breakfast cereal each morning, one from a woman convinced that the man on the label of her cleaning products is harassing her, and endless gender-specific descriptions of peculiar sexual proclivities. As Digby strikes up an unconventional friendship with one of her correspondents, she also confronts a harrowing childhood incident that has come back to haunt her. At once witty and powerful, Dear Digby is a tragicomedy that explores the shifting borders of the self, or selves, that define individual sanity and conventional thought, and redefine communication among lost souls
Wyndmere : poems by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

14 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems on the power of memory and the shading of past into present In this enthralling collection, National Book Award finalist and former Poet Laureate of California Carol Muske-Dukes composes a lyrical autobiography, tracing her family history from the Dakota prairie to her new life as a young mother in Los Angeles. In The Separator, Muske-Dukes writes of her grandfather, a wheat farmer, winnowing, threshing, planting a future in the deep black soil of Wyndmere, North Dakota. In Biglietto, Ingresso, she recalls a perfect day in Tuscany, spent with her future husband in a town overlooking a wine valley. August, Los Angeles, Lullaby--is a lulling yet harrowing description of the wonder of a mother holding her newborn child--and her own fragility, encountering mortality--as a hummingbird touches the hourglass of the feeder outside the window ... then is gone
Applause by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

12 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carol Muske-Dukes explores joy, dread, and the solitary communion of applause. Applause provides twenty vivid and evocative poems by Carol Muske-Dukes. In "Dream", she seeks the past in reverie, along with bicoastal riffs on New York City and Los Angeles. "The Eulogy" paints the scene of a funeral in sunny California where a young man who has died of AIDS is laid to rest. In the title poem, a twelve-part journey through the ritual of applause, Muske-Dukes examines the power of a gesture, clapping to transform oneself from individual to communal. What a strange phenomenon, she says, to be single and plural at once, to feel joy and dread simultaneously, to wish to acknowledge publicly one's anonymity
Women and poetry : truth, autobiography, and the shape of the self by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A rich array of women's poetry is considered, including work by Eavan Boland, Sandra Cisneros, Lucille Clifton, Rita Dove, Louise Gluck, Marilyn Hacker, Jane Kenyon, Maxine Kumin, Grace Paley, Adrienne Rich, and Laura Riding
An octave above thunder : new and selected poems by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Octave Above Thunder presents a collection of poems spanning more than twenty years in the career of Carol Muske, who has won acclaim for work which marries sophisticated intelligence, emotional resonance, and technical craft. What most distinguishes Carol Muske's poetry is her awareness of the complicated web into which the personal and the political, the familial and the feminist, are woven. Filled with audible contemplation--invocation, echo, dreamsong, dirge--Muske's lyrical precision, assured touch, and exacting clarity make her one of the most talented poets of her generation
Red trousseau by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Carol Muske has been called one of the best poets of her generation. The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Carolyn Kizer, commented that her technical dazzle and virtuosity are "one of a kind: Mozartian." The poems in her new collection, Red Trousseau, use Los Angeles as a symbol for the seduction of appearances; in the title poem, reality crosses from the Wallace Stevens notion of the sun "hovering in its guise of impatient tribunal" to a director's reshooting of a tarnished sunset, so that "the scene, infinite, rebegins." In Carol Muske's work, red, blue, and yellow dominate, serving to link such disparate things as a soundstage's fake prie dieu, a precinct station map of gang activity, and a schoolgirl's model of the planets, all of which take on the red of Salem burnings, the self-immolation of a political dissident in Prague, and Eros itself, moving like a red shadow over the body of love. Fate in Red Trousseau is drawn by a biochemist as a chemical, recodable spiral inside us, looping back and forth like a mobius of DNA or a movie reel; like a director or a lover, a rebeginning. Muske's Hollywood, also deriving much of its spiraling energy from another modernist, Marianne Moore, circles around its version of reality, infinitely rebeginning, until it becomes wholly the form. Life is made into an object - beautiful, but no longer life. Until, of course, the writer begins a new story, spiraling around a new apprehension of the world that is dangerous, political, and most of all, erotic."--BOOK JACKET. "Stylistically brilliant and emotionally resonant, the poems in Red Trousseau display the work of a master poet at the peak of her craft."--Jacket
Camouflage : [poems] by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

7 editions published in 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twin cities by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sophisticated and lyrical new collection from one of today's finest living poets. Carol Muske-Dukes is an acclaimed novelist and poet whose latest collection, Sparrow, a haunting elegy for her late husband, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Twin Cities is an emotionally rich book of poems about how things double-by reflection, by reproduction, by severance. The poems embark from the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, divided by a legendary river, and move on to the parallel histories of a life lived and a life imagined-and the random intersection of the two. Lit by loss, these moving poems navigate between the poles of love and grief, curse and blessing, abandonment and rescue-they are two, and they are one
Skylight by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

6 editions published between 1981 and 1996 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grace Paley( Visual )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A feminist and an anti-war activist, Grace Paley read three stories, Friends, Love, and Mother. She was interviewed by Carol Muske
Crossing state lines : an American renga( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A poetic relay race across the continent: fifty-four poets responding to ideas of America--and to each other. This is a collaborative journey of impressions--from the election and inauguration of President Obama, through foreclosures, job losses, chords of country music; and bombs in Baghdad, to a poet-soldier's rifle-sight in Afghanistan. The renga itself, in the ancient tradition of Japanese linked verse, provides the form of this historic conversation among the poets, as they meditate, within ten lines, on a moment in America. Crossing State Lines begins with Robert Pinsky's recounting of a line of poetry by Lincoln as fall deepens and 'maples / kindle in the East, ' and ends some five hundred lines later, with Robert Hass's 'greeny April' on the Pacific coast"--Publisher description
Blue rose by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A new collection from a poet whose work "has long been essential reading" (Jorie Graham) Carol Muske-Dukes has won acclaim for poetry that marries sophisticated intelligence, emotional resonance, and lyrical intensity. The poems in her new collection, Blue Rose, navigate around the idea of the unattainable--the elusive nature of poetry, of knowledge, of the fact that we know so little of the lives of others, of the world in which we live. Some poems respond to matters of women, birth, and the struggle for reproductive rights, while others draw inspiration from the lives of women who persisted outside of convention, in poetry, art, science: the painter Paula Modersohn-Becker; the pioneering molecular biologist Rosalyn Franklin, best known for her role in the discovery of DNA; and the American poet and writer Ina Coolbrith, California's first poet laureate"--
Lampblack & ash by Simone Muench( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daphne's Lot by Chris Abani( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Skylight : poems by Carol Muske-Dukes( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetry from a writer celebrated as one of the most distinctive voices of her generation Among the thirty-five poems in Skylight are sonnets, sestinas, and free verse forms on topics ranging from politics to architecture and science. In one volume, Muske-Dukes, National Book Award finalist and former Poet Laureate of California, incorporates multitudes, unified by her lyrical style and rapier-sharp observations. The sonnet "Fireflies" explores a strained relationship that is healed, for one moment, in a nighttime walk lit by the pulsing signals of firefly life. "The Funeral" confronts the stark playground atmosphere in the wake of a child's funeral. In the melancholy and unforgettable title poem, an "apartment in the sky" in New York City spins before the reader's eyes
Camouflage : poems by Carol Muske-Dukes( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Birth, loss, imprisonment, and renewal are among the subjects of Camouflage, her first published book of poems. These twenty-eight poems are a young writer's stream of consciousness set in formal verse. In Photographer, Muske-Dukes slides between light and dark. Salad Days: Nebraska, 1964, relives a plane ride over the state's rolling plains. And the tongue-in-cheek yet respectful "Swansong" evokes a childhood ballet class, taught by a faded prima ballerina. Each poem is a skin, a mask, a camouflage meant for survival & mdash;a place of regeneration and change
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Life after death : a novel
Channeling Mark Twain : a novelSparrow : poemsSaving St. GermDear DigbyWyndmere : poemsApplauseWomen and poetry : truth, autobiography, and the shape of the selfAn octave above thunder : new and selected poems
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English (130)

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