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King Baby is a cycle of lyric poems both inspired by and addressed to a found object made animate—then made into a confessor—by the poet’s fascination, and by a love that alternates between the familial, obsessive, and devotional.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Alice James Books
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Matt
Sometimes you just read the wrong stuff, which must've happened to me at some point because I always thought of Lia Purpura as an underpublished fiction writer, whereas she's really a pretty well-published poet. Oops. So when I saw this, I had to read it.

It's a book length narrative, in poems, about finding the weird little homonculus ont the cover and fishing it out of the river, and then trying to interrogate it for what it can tell us: Is it a baby, or god? Is there any difference between the
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Claire
"To every simplicity I've ever known: bye." That feels about right. Purpura's poems are meditative in a way that leaves room for image and strangeness; they seem left open in a way that's refreshing. At times the book felt like it was working too hard to cleave to the conceit of the King Baby totem (a found object that the speaker addresses in each poem) and that certain poems didn't gain anything by being tied to the object, but this was rare. It's strange and it works. "Oh, let me be odd in my ...more
Lynnell
The most distinctive voice I have read in several years; Purpura's loose, extended narrative is at once strange and familiar in a marvellously engaging way. Lovely attention to internal music; remarkable syntax.
Caroline
Hadn't read her before; didn't know what to expect; was blown away. Dense, complex poems that may at first seem deceptively simple.
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This is a fascinating idea for a book, and the cover image might be my favorite cover ever.
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