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"The story of your creation starts/with a force that wanted something,'Lia Purpura writes, and worked to see if you were it.'A myth of motherhood, a parable of artistic creation, a suite of hymns to an ambiguous emblem, this compelling, Orphic sequence pushes deeply into its chosen vehicle, seeking the diff erence between song and hunger."-Mark Doty

King Babyis a cycle of lyric poems both inspired by and addressed to a found object made animate-then made into a confessor-by the poet's fascination, and by a love that alternates between the familial, obsessive, and devotional.

"Untitled"

Your form is always with me as I walk,

empty and pierced. Today I stopped to see,

and touched by seeing, sparrows in the bittersweet,

deep in a copse of thorns,

their bodies soft among the sharpness,

indigo in that light.

Not mottled-slate. Not bluish-grey.

How good to find distraction

in precision.

Lia Purpurais the author of two collections of essays, On Looking(a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) and Increase; two previous collections of poems, Stone Sky Liftingand The Brighter the Veil; and a collection of translations. She has received NEA and Fulbright fellowships, as well as an Associated Writing Programs Award in Creative Nonfiction, the Ohio State University Press Award, and the Towson University Prize in Literature. She is Writerin-Residence at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland.

Review:

"Purpura's charming and mystifying third collection comprises a book-length sequence of attentive, rapturous untitled poems, most of them addressed to the titular figure, who becomes alternately a found doll, a missing child, a spiritual representative of childhood and a real infant to whom the poet gave birth. Purpura (On Looking) captures both the fierce love and the flighty weirdness of life with a baby, opting always for the symbolic and the surprising over the literal record: 'Come. It's my birthday,' she writes, addressing both her readers, and her baby. 'Make me over/ into a thing a tree could use, like light to drink.' Though some readers may feel lost, others should welcome how winter weather, fairy tale scenes and moments of bafflement ('You with a block of ice in your head') keep Purpura unpredictable. One of the quieter, sweeter segments compares the poet-as-mother to a builder of playgrounds and to a bowerbird: 'I went out for a walk to find a blue boat,' she says, 'to remind you of home and having to go/ beyond the known, I did not find a boat/ but more blue things than I thought abound.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

This award-winning poet's third collection tells a quasi-creation story through petitions, addresses, and conversations.

Synopsis:

King Baby is a cycle of lyric poems both inspired by and addressed to a found object made animate—then made into a confessor—by the poets fascination, and by a love that alternates between the familial, obsessive, and devotional.

Synopsis:

Poetry. KING BABY is a cycle of lyric poems both inspired by and addressed to a found object made animate--then made into a confessor--by the poet's fascination, and by a love that alternates between the familial, obsessive, and devotional. "'The story of your creation starts/with a force that wanted something,' Lia Purpura writes, 'and worked to see if you were it.' A myth of motherhood, a parable of artistic creation, a suite of hymns to an ambiguous emblem, this compelling, Orphic sequence pushes deeply into its chosen vehicle, seeking the difference between song and hunger" — Mark Doty. Lia Purpura is the author of two collections of essays, On Looking (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) and Increase; two previous collections of poems, Stone Sky Lifting and The Brighter the Veil; and a collection of translations.

About the Author

Lia Purpura is the author of two collections of essays, On Looking (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) and Increase; two previous collections of poems, Stone Sky Lifting and The Brighter the Veil; and a collection of translations. She has received NEA and Fulbright fellowships, as well as an Associated Writing Programs Award in Creative Nonfiction, the Ohio State University Press Award, and the Towson University Prize in Literature. She is Writerin-Residence at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781882295685
Author:
Purpura, Lia
Publisher:
Alice James Books
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 in 4 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Purpura's charming and mystifying third collection comprises a book-length sequence of attentive, rapturous untitled poems, most of them addressed to the titular figure, who becomes alternately a found doll, a missing child, a spiritual representative of childhood and a real infant to whom the poet gave birth. Purpura (On Looking) captures both the fierce love and the flighty weirdness of life with a baby, opting always for the symbolic and the surprising over the literal record: 'Come. It's my birthday,' she writes, addressing both her readers, and her baby. 'Make me over/ into a thing a tree could use, like light to drink.' Though some readers may feel lost, others should welcome how winter weather, fairy tale scenes and moments of bafflement ('You with a block of ice in your head') keep Purpura unpredictable. One of the quieter, sweeter segments compares the poet-as-mother to a builder of playgrounds and to a bowerbird: 'I went out for a walk to find a blue boat,' she says, 'to remind you of home and having to go/ beyond the known, I did not find a boat/ but more blue things than I thought abound.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
This award-winning poet's third collection tells a quasi-creation story through petitions, addresses, and conversations.
"Synopsis" by ,

King Baby is a cycle of lyric poems both inspired by and addressed to a found object made animate—then made into a confessor—by the poets fascination, and by a love that alternates between the familial, obsessive, and devotional.

"Synopsis" by , Poetry. KING BABY is a cycle of lyric poems both inspired by and addressed to a found object made animate--then made into a confessor--by the poet's fascination, and by a love that alternates between the familial, obsessive, and devotional. "'The story of your creation starts/with a force that wanted something,' Lia Purpura writes, 'and worked to see if you were it.' A myth of motherhood, a parable of artistic creation, a suite of hymns to an ambiguous emblem, this compelling, Orphic sequence pushes deeply into its chosen vehicle, seeking the difference between song and hunger" — Mark Doty. Lia Purpura is the author of two collections of essays, On Looking (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) and Increase; two previous collections of poems, Stone Sky Lifting and The Brighter the Veil; and a collection of translations.
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