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Release: March 21, 2002
Pulitzer winner Graham returns to Iowa to read April 4
Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham, a graduate and long-time faculty member of
the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her new collection,
"Never: Poems," at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in Shambaugh Auditorium
of the UI Main Library. The free reading during National Poetry Month will
be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating
on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at http://wsui.uiowa.edu/.
A Publishers Weekly preview of "Never" observed, "More than
anything else, this book shows Graham to be a most formidable nature poet,
finding in her speaker's environment perfect analogues for states of consciousness."
Graham has published nine books of poetry, and she was elected a Chancellor
of The Academy of American Poets in 1997. She won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize
for "The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994."
It includes selections from her earlier books "Hybrids of Plants and
of Ghosts," "The End of Beauty," "Region of Unlikeness,"
James Tate says of Graham's work, "Her poems are constantly on the attack.
She assays nothing less than the whole body of our history, reshaping myth
in ways that risk new knowledge, fresh understanding of all that we might
hope to be."
scorning the comforts of the conventional personal lyric," April Bernard
wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "Graham addresses fundamental
questions--is there a God? what is human will? what does it mean to be mortal?"
J.D. McClatchy commented that "Graham writes with metaphysical
flair and emotional power...here is depth, not just the sensation of depth."
In response to "The Dream of the Unified
Field," the Times Literary Supplement called Graham "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."
was born in New York, grew up in Italy, studied in French schools, and attended
the Sorbonne, New York University and Columbia University, in addition to
the UI -- a multi-lingual and multi-cultural background that informs her poetic
language. She has received a MacArthur "genius grant" Fellowship
and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
She is now Boylston Professor at Harvard University.
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