Laura Mullen is the author of Enduring Freedom: A Little Book of Mechanical Brides, The Surface, After I Was Dead, Subject, Dark Archive, The Tales of Horror and Murmur. Recognitions for her poetry include Ironwood's Stanford Prize, two Board of Regents ATLAS grants, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Award. Mullen is the McElveen Professor in English at LSU and a special interest delegate in Creative Writing for the Modern Language Association.
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Enduring Freedom: A Little Book of Mechanical Brides
As the subtitle specifies, "A Little Book of Mechanical Brides," Laura Mullen's sixth collection of poetry, Enduring Freedom, is an often harrowing and almost always amusing dissection of the instituion of marriage. With its step-by-step analysis, from betrothal, to shower, to announcement, to its extraordinarily comprehensive and scathing catalog of brides and weddings, Mullen's poetic environment, and the language that sustains it, is as remarkable as it is disquieting. In the dedication, "To those in the Theater of Operations," Mullen previews a refreshing look at the by-now cliched "battle of the sexes."
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