Writer: Jenny Burman
CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
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Poet Jorie Graham will give reading April 24
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jorie Graham, one of this nation's major poets, will
read from her most recent work at 8 p.m., Friday, April 24 at Shambaugh
Auditorium of the University of Iowa Main Library. The reading, which is
sponsored by the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Prairie Lights Books, is free
and open to the public.
Graham is a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, a John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, the Academy of American Poets Prize
and many other honors.
Graham is described as a writer of complex philosophical verse in which
she explores relationships between mind and body, flesh and spirit, and
imagination and reality.
She is the author most recently of the collection "The Errancy"
as well as collections that include "The Dream of the Unified Field,"
which won the Pulitzer Prize, "Materialism," "Region of
Unlikeness," "The End of Beauty" and "Hybrids of Plants
and of Ghosts."
Critic Dave Smith writes: "Jorie Graham's "Hybrids of Plants
and of Ghosts" is not for the inattentive nor the faint-hearted reader.
Hers is an intricately shaped poetry that is as given to decorum as to
discipline. . . . Most remarkable about Jorie Graham perhaps are her sustained
control and a music not like anyone's among us; the creation of a voice
we seldom mistrust."
Helen Vendler writes of Graham's collection "The End of Beauty":
"The sheer freedom invoked by Graham's poetry is liberating. . . .
Graham's lines mimic the fertile ruses of the mind -- exploratory rush
and decisive interruption, interrogatory speech and intermittent silence.
. . . Graham, like other philosophical poets, reminds us that human beings
have, in addition to an erotic, domestic and ethical life, a life of speculative
The New York Times Book Review asserts that Graham "develops a
genius for apprehending and scrutinizing human perceptions, reflections
and desires. . . . Graham's poetry is among the most sensuously embodied
and imaginative writing we have."
The Times Literary Supplement concludes: "(Graham is) one of the
best and most intelligent poets in the language. . . . She is like no one
else, neither in her rhythms nor in her insistence on opening up, scrutinizing
and even reversing our experience of time and space."
Graham's poetry has been widely anthologized. Her poems have appeared
in publications that include The New Yorker, the Paris Review, Grand Street,
the New York Review of Books, the Harvard Review, Ploughshares and Antaeus.