The Blue Rental: Texts

On the back cover of THE BLUE RENTAL, readers will find these words—

Barbara Mor imagines Kantian ‘nauseous allegories’
growing out of a David Lynchian southwest American
desert, a place that becomes a habitat of the psycho
political terrestrial reality we all now inhabit—& the
rent is very high. . . .Barbara Mor, critic/reviewer

—words that are indeed, just like it says, written by the author herself, Barbara Mor.

Readers may ask, exactly what is this place, this place where “the rent is very high”? And they will discover, as they begin reading not the poetry and not the prose but the proems of this enormously gifted and artistically painstaking writer—readers will find that this “place” is nothing less than our own world.

The “place”—

“the psycho
political terrestrial reality we all now inhabit”

—is the world we live in, the world we have made for ourselves, the world we have inherited, the world we are responsible for—in both senses, first, responsible for being the crazed and malignant “creators” of it, and, second, responsible for doing whatever can still be done to save and salvage it, to pay the rent due to it in order to keep it—and all things and creatures upon it and in it—from death, ruin, madness, destruction, endgame.

No less than matters such as these constitute the high subject and impassioned material of Mor’s literary art—an art, like all the greatest of its kind, that never rests, takes a break, steps off the road, but that, at every single moment, reaches and then reaches again for the utmost and the absolute.

And that, if only we know it, or if only we teach ourselves to know it, is exactly the way each and every one of us must now live our daily lives—looking at and reaching for the absolute. That is how we must live, in any case, if we care that Earth, our blue rental, may and can and will survive.

Barbara Mor brings us a literary art commensurate to the nature and extremity of the time and world we all now dwell in. None of us should miss it.

CLICK HERE to Read Excerpts from THE BLUE RENTAL

CLICK HERE for “Some Thoughts on the Enormous Significance of Barbara Mor’s The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth”

CLICK HERE to read Barbara Mor on the subject of SERIOUS WRITING IN THE WORLD OF TODAY

About Barbara Mor

Barbara Mor was born October 3, 1936, in San Diego, California. Her mother died when Mor was twelve. The young girl lived with her father and step-mother, leaving home immediately after high school. Attracted by the Beat Movement of the late 50s and early 60s, she lived and wrote in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Baja California, and Los Angeles before returning to San Diego to attend San Diego State University. In the late 60s Mor became involved with the Feminist Movement in San Diego. She taught poetry, gave readings and lectures, and helped compile local, limited-run poetry anthologies. Mor spent the mid-1970s in Taos, New Mexico, before moving to Albuquerque in 1979. During this period she published Bitter Root Rituals (WomanSpirit, 1975), Mother Tongue (Athena Press, 1977), and Winter Ditch (Second Porcupine Press, 1982), and began work on The Great Cosmic Mother (Harper & Row, 1987), widely considered among the great American feminist texts of the 20th century. Mor moved to Portland, Oregon, in the late 1990s, drawing on her experience in the Southwest to forge a prose style that is as innovative and demanding as it is compelling. The Blue Rental, a collection of these prose texts, was published by The Oliver Arts & Open Press in 2011. The Victory of sex and Metal (The Oliver Arts & Open Press, 2015), completed during the Spring of 2014, marked Mor’s return to poetry and her stark vision of the American Southwest. Barbara Mor died on January 24, 2015.