Friday, March 13, 2009

Sheryl Noethe's As Is: On Beyond Heidegger

First of all: I took some pleasure in writing that header (which my husband, the philosopher, will appreciate).

Many thanks to Lyle Daggett for noting in a comment to yesterday's entry that there is now a web page about Sheryl Noethe's new book, As Is. It offers an updated bio of Sheryl, which includes this information:

Noethe resides in Missoula, Montana at the foot of Mt. Jumbo with her fearless husband, a firefighter, where they keep a household of rescue animals, including a one-eyed feral cat named Mike Tyson. She is filled with gratitude.

There is also an intriguing review of the book, by Joy DeStefano. Here is a teaser:

As Is Unlike All : Read it and Weep

Sheryl Noethe, poet extraordinaire, has achieved with her recent collection "AS IS" a triumph of the Unconscious made Conscious in a language unlike all contemporary poets with similar aspirations. For reasons we cannot pretend to understand, Noethe has tapped into the collective Wounded Unconscious of our time—its failures and most telling traits—into our frightened, battered, spoiled, dishonest, pretentious, corrupt, terrorized and disillusioned claims to know what is real and immediate, intimate and necessary, false and true.
We are wrong and unable to confess our sins. We have lost the language of Confession. Noethe exposes the malignant narcissism that was wiped out the Lost Language of mercy. It takes a courageous artist like Noethe to do what we cannot do, as individuals and as a society on the brink of . . . On the brink.

Later in the review, Stephano quotes Heidegger: "The Terrible has already happened":

Only Noethe really understands what that means. What Heidegger was unable to explain, Noethe has eloquently painted—our painfully post-apocalyptic laboratory of shame and redemption. In terms we cannot fail to understand (much as we resist, squirming, squeamish), Noethe speaks as our Queen of Broken Dreams; our Queen of the Failed Resistance. Only in failure do we find redemption.

Now I'm off to order the book. (I love the cover, too.)

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