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On looking : essays

Author: Lia Purpura
Publisher: Louisville, Ky. : Sarabande Books, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Lia Purpura's daring new book of lyric essays, On Looking, is concerned with the aesthetics and ethics of seeing. In these elegantly wrought meditations, patterns and meanings emerge from confusion, the commonplace grows strange and complex, beauty reveals its flaws, and even the most repulsive object turns gorgeous. Purpura's hand is clearly guided by poetry and behaves unpredictably, wearing together, in one lit
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Purpura, Lia, 1964-
On looking.
Louisville, Ky. : Sarabande Books, c2006
(OCoLC)607650826
Online version:
Purpura, Lia, 1964-
On looking.
Louisville, Ky. : Sarabande Books, c2006
(OCoLC)608557827
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lia Purpura
ISBN: 1932511393 9781932511390
OCLC Number: 62085399
Description: xi, 139 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: On aesthetics --
On form --
Recurrences/concurrences --
Brown --
Sugar eggs : a reverie --
The pin --
Red : an invocation --
The smallest woman in the world --
The space between --
Coming to see --
Falling houses : mise-en scene --
Glaciology --
Spires --
On invisibility --
On praise --
On not hurting a fly : a memorial --
On looking away : a panoramic.
Responsibility: Lia Purpura.
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"Lia Purpura's daring new book of lyric essays, On Looking, is concerned with the aesthetics and ethics of seeing. In these elegantly wrought meditations, patterns and meanings emerge from confusion, the commonplace grows strange and complex, beauty reveals its flaws, and even the most repulsive object turns gorgeous. Purpura's hand is clearly guided by poetry and behaves unpredictably, wearing together, in one lit instance, sugar eggs, binoculars, and Emerson's words: "I like the silent church before the sermon begins."".

"Purpura is writer-as-telescope, kaleidoscope, microscope, and mirror. As she says "By seeing I called to things, and in turn, things called me, applied me to their sight and we became each as treasure, startling to one another, and rare." This is, indeed, a rare and startling treasure of a book."--BOOK JACKET.

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