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Lia Purpura

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Lia Purpura

Lia Purpura is the author of It Shouldn't Have Been Beautiful (Penguin Books, 2015), King Baby (Alice James Books, 2008), Stone Sky Lifting (Ohio State University Press, 2000), and The Brighter Veil (Orchises Press, 1996). She is also the author of the essay collections Rough Likeness (Sarabande Books, 2011); On Looking (Sarabande Books, 2006), a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist; and Increase (University of Georgia Press, 2000). She currently teaches at the University of Maryland and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


Bibliography

Poetry
It Shouldn't Have Been Beautiful (Penguin Books, 2015)
King Baby (Alice James Books, 2008)
Stone Sky Lifting (Ohio State University Press, 2000)
The Brighter Veil (Orchises Press, 1996)

Prose
Rough Likeness (Sarabande Books, 2011)
On Looking (Sarabande Books, 2006)
Increase (University of Georgia Press, 2000)

 

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Lia Purpura: The Poetic Impulse

Lia Purpura: The Poetic Impulse

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There’s the thing I shouldn’t do
and yet, and now I have
the rest of the day to
make up for, not
undo, that can’t be done
but next time,
think more calmly,
breathe, say here’s a new
morning, morning,
morning,

(though why would that
work, it isn’t even

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