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Fleda Brown and Lia Purpura: The Woods Are On Fire; It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful

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The Woods Are On Fire—Fleda Brown’s deeply human and intensely felt poetic explorations of her life and world—includes nearly fifty new poems, along with poems selected from seven previous books, showcasing an influential American poet’s work over the last few decades.


Fleda Brown served as poet laureate of Delaware until she retired from the University of Delaware in 2007 and moved to Michigan. She teaches in the Rainer Writing Workshop, a low-residence MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. She has published a collection of memoir essays, Driving With Dvorak, a 2016 real-time memoir, My Wobbly Bicycle: Cancer and the Creative Life, and co-edited two books, most recently On the Mason-Dixon Line: An Anthology of Contemporary Delaware Writers.



It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful is Lia Purpura’s fourth collection, in which exquisitely rendered poems reach back to an early affinity for proverbs and riddles and the proto-poetry found in those forms. Taking on epic subjects—time and memory, metamorphosis and indeterminacy, the complicated nature of beauty, wordless states of being—each poem explores a bright, crisp, singular moment of awareness or shock or revelation.


Lia Purpura is the author of three collections of poems, The Brighter the Veil, Stone Sky Lifting, and King Baby, and three collections of essays, Increase, Rough Likeness, and On Looking, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, and Fulbright Fellowships as well as three Pushcart prizes, among other honors. Her work appears frequently in The New Yorker, as well as in The Paris Review, Orion, Agni, Best American Essays and other publications. She is writer in residence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.






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Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 7:00pm


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