Poetry. "Katie Peterson's PERMISSION releases us to explore the unnatural nature of the world. She investigates, with wonder, the 'puckers in smooth song.' These poems offer a doubling, proliferating experience: a folding out and a folding in. Like the children's toy called the Jacob's Ladder, Peterson's poems unfurl endlessly without ever denying their ultimate human finitude. But what is permission if it is not defined by the transcending agency of its own incarnation, its eros, its awe? And so quiet miracles ensue. The never-ending ladder beckons. We climb its light: 'not a dazzle but a conduit.'"—Elizabeth Robinson
Author City: SOMERVILLE, MA USA
Katie Peterson was born in Menlo Park, California, in 1974, the middle child of a gregarious Irish-American woman and a dry-witted half-Swede. She attended Stanford University and did graduate work in the department of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University, completing a dissertation on Emily Dickinson and selflessness. She has published poems and prose in several journals and was a 2009-2010 Radcliffe Institute Fellow. A Professor of the Practice of Poetry at Tufts University, she is the author of This One Tree (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2006), The Accounts (University Of Chicago Press, 2013) and PERMISSION (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2013).
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