10.27.17
Weekly poem on Trump Presidency

 

LIA PURPURA

Portrait Of Ella

It’s that my distraction
requires adjustment
on the part of others
she’s explaining
the rules
I sort of remember,
a form of tag, but the moon
is so bright and sharp
through the trees
I can’t concentrate,
and she has to repeat
the whole thing
a third time, Lia,
it’s not that hard
, but
once I say
sorry, but see that blue
and icy moonlight . . .

she recognizes me
and gets that amused
and tolerant face on,
which looks like the world
as I wish it would be.

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Lia Purpura’s newest collection of poems, It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful (Penguin/Viking) was published October 2015. She is the author of three previous collections of poems (King Baby, Stone Sky Lifting, The Brighter the Veil); three collections of essays (Rough Likeness, On Looking, Increase), and one collection of translations (Poems of Grzegorz Musial: Berliner Tagebuch and Taste of Ash). Sarabande Books will publish a new book of essays in 2018. She was a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (for On Looking), she has also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, a Fulbright Foundation Fellowship (Translation, Warsaw, Poland), three Pushcart Prizes, a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, and multiple residencies and fellowships at the MacDowell Colony.

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