American Radiance

American Radiance

by Luisa Muradyan

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Overview


Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, American Radiance, at turns funny, tragic, and haunting, reflects on the author’s experience immigrating as a child to the United States from Ukraine in 1991. 

What does it mean to be an American? Luisa Muradyan doesn’t try to provide an answer. Instead, the poems in American Radiance look for a home in history, folklore, misery, laughter, language, and Prince’s outstretched hand. Colliding with the grand figures of late ’80s and early ’90s pop culture, Muradyan’s imagination pushes the reader forward, confronting the painful loss of identity that assimilation brings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496207753
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska
Publication date: 09/01/2018
Series: Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry
Pages: 84
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author


Luisa Muradyan is a PhD candidate in poetry at the University of Houston and editor in chief of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Her poems have been published in Poetry International, Paris-American, Blackbird, Ninth LetterWest Branch, and the Los Angeles Reviewamong other publications.
 

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CHAPTER 1

Part 1

Psalm for Odessa

If You Were Wondering about the Couple Who Owns the Funeral Home

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Part 1. Psalm for Odessa
If You Were Wondering about the Couple Who Owns the Funeral Home
Schwarzenegger in Prayer
Purple Rain
Clams
Bruce Willis, in the Light
Macho Man Randy Savage
7:40    
Prodigal Son
Lilies    
Maria Rasputin
The Red Forest, Рыжий лес
Crane    
Resurrection
The Seduction of Masha by Rasputin
Doves
We Were Cosmonauts
Boris    
Marriage
Anecdote
Message from a Peeping Tom
Ornithology
What Is True for Birds
Psalm for Odessa
Part 2. American Radiance
New Eden
Adoration
Raptor    
Translating Ashes
Crane Fly 
Rasputin and Alexei 
Moscow 1972
Deaf Sonnet, Глухой Сонет
Firefly    
Boot    
Trawler
Spicer’s Promise to Lorca
Spud Love
In the Moonlight
Spilling
Breasts
Into the Blackberry
Records of Failed Weapons of World War II
Rumi in the Mouth of the Snake 
Poem for the Man Playing Piano in Front of the Wall of Police
Cremation
This Was His Garden 
American Radiance

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