“Alice Notley’s verse has a caustic swish, the intimacy of a vivisectionist on the contemporary body politic. . . . Disobedience does what only the best poetry can do in times like these: surprise, denounce, dissent.” So reads the judge’s citation for Notley’s volume of poetry that claimed the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2002 as the international winner. A prominent member of the “second generation” New York School of poets, Notley uses writing and art to respond to a broad spectrum of American culture from her permanent residence in Paris. Her experiments with poetic forms and free verse have won her widespread acclaim. Her numerous collections of poetry include Margaret and Dusty, The Descent of Alette, and Mysteries of Small Houses. Once married to the late poet Ted Berrigan, she also edited the just-published Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan with their two sons.