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The richness of life and time as they happen to us in tiny explosions all the time are grasped and held up for us to view in this magnificent work of prose and poetry that teaches us at the end 'no one knows why / Nothing happens.'

—John Ashbery

Bernadette Mayer's famous long poem written over the span of a day.


Midwinter Day

Poetry by Bernadette Mayer

Midwinter Day was written on December 22, 1978 at 100 Main Street, in Lennox, Massachusettes. "Midwinter Day," as Alice Notley noted, "is an epic poem about a daily routine." A poem in six parts, Midwinter Day takes us from awakening and emerging from dreams through the whole day-morning, afternoon, evening, night-to dreams again: ". . . a plain introduction to modes of love and reason / Then to end I guess with love, a method to this winter season / Now I’ve said this love it’s all I can remember / Of Midwinter Day the twenty-second of December."

published May 1st, 1999