It Shouldn't Have Been Beautiful - Lia Purpura

Writing in the short-lined lyric of Emily Dickinson and Kay Ryan, Purpura presses every word for maximum meaning, and as she works to define states of mind, ways of being, and both actual and virtual places, she shows that definition is not only impossible, it’s less important than the recognition that “lines/ make you mind/what you want to keep.” What Purpura keeps is the rich multi-valence of the world and especially of language. One particularly starting and ingenious moment comes when she juxtaposes Keats’s equation of truth and beauty with Al Gore’s “inconvenient truth”; one doesn’t invalidate the other, but leads to larger questions about both.

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ISBN: 9780143126904
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Published: Penguin Books - September 29th, 2015