Rough Likeness by Lia Purpura

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Lia Purpura’s essays are full of joy in the act of intense observation; they’re also deliciously subversive and alert to the ways language gets locked and loaded by culture. These elegant, conversational excursions refuse to let a reader slide over anything, from the tiniest shards of beach glass to barren big-box wastelands. They detonate distractedness, superficiality, artificiality. In the process, Purpura inhabits many stances: metaphysician and biologist, sensualist and witness—all in service of illuminating that which Virginia Woolf called “moments of being”—previously unworded but palpably felt states of existence and knowing. Rough Likeness finds worlds in the minute, and crafts monuments to beauty and strangeness.

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Lia Purpura is the author of "The Brighter the Veil, Poems of Grzegorz Musial: Berliner Tagebuch and Taste of Ash," and "Stone Sky Lifting," the 2000 winner of the Ohio State University/The Journal Award in Poetry. She lives in Baltimore, maryland, and teaches at Loyola College.
Published December 20, 2011 by Sarabande Books. 171 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Lia Purpura examines clichés, language and the oddities of life in these elegant and deeply thoughtful essays.

Jan 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Rough Likeness: Essays

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“I know, coming back as a crow is a lot more attractive,” she writes in her first of nineteen essays in Rough Likeness: Essays (Sarabande Books, 2011.) “If crows and buzzards do the same job—picking, tearing and cleaning up—who wouldn’t rather return as a shiny blue crow with a mind for locks and...

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