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The Oldest Map with the Name America: New and Selected Poems

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Lucia Perillo's poetry embodies a sensibility at once personal and national. Many of her poems are candid and affecting--some document how she negotiates life with multiple sclerosis; others concern her working-class Catholic childhood in a small Hudson River town. But in general, and even in these personal works, her poetry picks up the fragments of American culture--Bar
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Hardcover, 143 pages
Published February 2nd 1999 by Random House (first published 1999)
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Lucia Perillo, The Oldest Map with the Name America (Random House, 1999)

I'm still trying to figure out why my library catalog has this one listed as a young adult title.

“God for how many years did I believe there were truly laws against such things,
laws of adulthood: no yelling out of cars in traffic tunnels, no walking without shoes,
no singing any foolish songs in public places. Or else they could lock you in jail
or, as good as condemning you to death, tell both your lower- and upper-case Cath
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Perillo is tricky, classy, triflin' and pretty much a bad-ass. I liked this.
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Lucia Perillo has published five books of poetry, most recently Inseminating the Elephant, and a book of essays, I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing,. Perillo graduated from McGill University in Montreal in 1979 with a major in wildlife management and subsequently worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She completed her M.A. in English at Syracuse University, and has taught at Saint Martin's C ...more
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