Poetry. The poetry of Lucia Perillo is fierce, tragicomic, and contrarian, with subjects ranging from coyotes and Scotch broom to local elections and family history. Formally braided, Perillo gathers strands of the mythic and mundane, of media and daily life, as she faces the treachery of illness and draws readers into poems rich in image and story.
Author City: OLYMPIA, WA USA
Lucia Perillo is the author of six books of poetry. Among her many awards are the Norma Farber First Book Award, the Kate Tufts Prize, the Balcones Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award and the MacArthur Fellowship. Her critically acclaimed memoir, I've Heard the Vultures Singing: Field Notes on Poetry, Illness, and Nature (Trinity University Press), was published in 2007. INSEMINATING THE ELEPHANT (Copper Canyon Press, 2009) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and received the Bobbitt award from the Library of Congress. Most recently, she is the author of ON THE SPECTRUM OF POSSIBLE DEATHS (Copper Canyon Press, 2013). She lives in Olympia, Washington.
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Publishers Weekly starred review
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