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Muske-Dukes, Carol 1945-

Works: 65 works in 178 publications in 2 languages and 7,299 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Poetry  Psychological fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Educational films  Biography  Filmed interviews 
Roles: Author, Interviewer, Editor
Classifications: PS3563.U837, 811.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Carol Muske-Dukes
Channeling Mark Twain : a novel by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 587 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
Life after death : a novel by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and Czech and held by 585 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
Sparrow : poems by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 506 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 433 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
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 419 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
Dear Digby by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An oddball newspaper editor advises eccentric readers-and reckons with her own painful pastWillis 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's breakfast cereal each morning, one from a woman convinced that the man on the lab
Red trousseau by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 343 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
An octave above thunder : new and selected poems by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 335 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
Camouflage : [poems] by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

8 editions published between 1975 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 306 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
Wyndmere : poems by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

13 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 294 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 270 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
Skylight by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

6 editions published between 1981 and 1996 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twin cities by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 244 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
Grace Paley( Visual )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in English and held by 229 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 206 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
Lampblack & ash by Simone Muench( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daphne's Lot by Chris Abani( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adrienne Rich( Visual )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The readings and conversations took place: May 14, 1992, Feb. 3, 1998 and Sept. 29, 1999
Readings & conversations : reading by Adrienne Rich ; conversation with Carol Muske( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adrienne Rich was born in Baltimore in 1929. Ms. Rich has published more than 16 volumes of poetry ... Ms. Rich, who received a Lannan Literary Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999, read from Dark fields of the republic, and Midnight salvage on September 29, 1999"--Container
Married to the Icepick Killer : a poet in Hollywood by Carol Muske-Dukes( Book )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A vibrant and insightful essay collection about life as a poet in Southern California Poetry and Hollywood may not seem compatible in anyone's book. But acclaimed poet, novelist, and critic Carol Muske-Dukes finds common ground for both in meditations on movie sets and metaphors, on the big screen and the luminous focus of a haiku. I Married the Icepick Killer offers the reader ways to reimagine the Imagination itself. Former California Poet Laureate Muske-Dukes explores Southern California's unexpected poetry, from Emily Dickinson on freeway billboards to poet-script doctors rewriting action-flick dialogue. Moving personal essays recount the story of Muske-Dukes's romance with her late husband, actor David Coleman Dukes, whom she met in Italy and relocated with in Los Angeles. Muske-Dukes sharpens her astute gaze as she addresses contradictions and convergences between belle lettres and the ever-surprising City of Angels. This ebook was originally published as Married to the Icepick Killer
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Channeling Mark Twain : a novel
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English (131)

Czech (2)

Life after death : a novelSparrow : poemsSaving St. GermWomen and poetry : truth, autobiography, and the shape of the selfDear DigbyRed trousseauAn octave above thunder : new and selected poemsWyndmere : poems