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.
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 Letter, West Branch, and the Los Angeles Review, among other publications.
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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