CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 14, 2002
IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
University of Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate Sarah Manguso
will read from her debut volume of poetry and prose/poems, "The Captain
Lands in Paradise," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the Prairie Lights
bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading will
be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating
on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910. The program can be accessed on the Internet
< http://wsui.uiowa.edu/ >.
Manguso grew up in Massachusetts and attended Harvard University before
she came to the UI. Her poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review,
the Best American Poetry, the Boston Review, the Chicago Review, the New Republic
and many other journals.
Carl Phllips wrote, "Sarah Manguso's poems weirdly plumb and strikingly
frame what we're up against: the now in which the Muse drives a silver pickup,
mystery only announces itself out of grief for us, and to reach harbor is
to understand there will be no end of searching. Hers is a startling, disturbing
and original voice."
And Writers' Workshop faculty member Dean Young commented, "At
times disarmingly straightforward, at others elegantly convoluted, Sarah Manguso's
poems evade and persuade us of the perils and fleshed restitutions of the
imaging, mortal life. Again and again, their language inhabits the cusp between
playfulness and dark revelation, between gaming and cri de coeur so we are
torn, reading, between consolation and alarm. With an apocalyptic exuberance
as well as the clarity of truthful recall, 'The Captain Lands in Paradise'
has an impact that belies its marvelously deft touch."