Lia Purpura


Born
in Mineola, The United States
February 22, 1964


Lia Purpura (born February 22, 1964, Mineola, New York) is an American poet, writer and educator.

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Average rating: 4.11 · 1,251 ratings · 150 reviews · 21 distinct worksSimilar authors
On Looking: Essays

4.13 avg rating — 364 ratings — published 2006 — 4 editions
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Rough Likeness: Essays

3.92 avg rating — 116 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
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It Shouldn't Have Been Beau...

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King Baby

4.08 avg rating — 40 ratings — published 2008
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Increase

4.08 avg rating — 26 ratings — published 2000 — 3 editions
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Stone Sky Lifting

3.95 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2000 — 2 editions
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All the Fierce Tethers

4.15 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 2019 — 3 editions
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The Brighter the Veil

4.30 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 1996
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Scream

3.75 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2017
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Autopsy Report

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“Song I try to make the step-down call of the chickadee, but do it too insistently, over and over so it loses sense, the air going equally out and back, not slower in the opening, then quickening as the tight hinge retracts, but absolutely evenly, too even, the way one breathes and regulates breath for a doctor, to present the body’s equanimity. There’s a bird in a tree with a hinge in its throat, a door opening to let the sweet air pass from a high, thin place down a notch. There’s phlox out there, opening between one black and another black, hanging branch of an apple tree—the very tree that holds the bird that bends the air so parenthetically around itself, and its song around anything listening.”
Lia Purpura, On Looking: Essays

“Proof

That goldfinches favor
yellow blooms
is proof
that sustenance
comes in a form
resembling, pleasing,
not to be fought for,
but found
like bearings
by a light both
given and sought,
that singular glow.”
Lia Purpura, It Shouldn't Have Been Beautiful

“They’re sliding around in disguise like gods. It’s two in the afternoon. It’s four. You can’t take these hours apart and repair them. Nothing’s wrong with them.”
Lia Purpura, It Shouldn't Have Been Beautiful

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