King Baby

King Baby

by Lia Purpura


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781882295685
Publisher: Alice James Books
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

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.

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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.

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King Baby 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Maiasaura on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I was disappointed. I had previously read Purpura's essay collection On Looking, and was looking for similarly gorgeous writing. This book--the poetry equivalent of a concept album--is kind of quirky and has its moments, but I found it a little contrived and definitely forgettable.