Lia Purpura, the English Department's Writer-in-Residence, will be giving a poetry reading from her latest collection, It Shouldn't Have Been Beautiful on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery. Please join us for this thought-provoking event.
It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful harkens back to an early affinity for proverbs and riddles and the proto-poetry found in those forms. Taking on epic subjects—time and memory, metamorphosis and indeterminacy, the complicated nature of beauty, wordless states of being—each poem explores a bright, crisp, singular moment of awareness or shock or revelation. Purpura poignantly reminds us that short poems, never merely brief nor fragmentary, can transcend their size. Her poetic language is an instrument of a unique thinking that seeks to explain that nothing is just what it says—morning is a “blade stripping away,” uncertainty is a “big project for the future,” the occasion for a prayer could be a “spot of sun, / bar sign, label / on jeans, / …or a name the length of a subway car / that makes sense / when you say it aloud / in your head / as it passes.”
Lia Purpura is the author of three collections of poems, The Brighter the Veil, Stone Sky Lifting, and King Baby, and three collections of essays, Increase, Rough Likeness, and On Looking, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, and Fulbright Fellowships as well as three Pushcart prizes, among other honors. Her work appears frequently in The New Yorker as well as in The Paris Review, Orion, Agni, Best American Essays and other publications.
This event is sponsored by the English Department and the Dresher Center for the Humanities.