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Release: Oct. 11, 2002
UI ALUMNI SCHIFF AND LUBASCH READ AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS OCT. 23
Poets Robyn Schiff and Lisa Lubasch, alumnae of the University of Iowa Writers
Workshop, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the
Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading
will be broadcast on the Live from Prairie Lights series hosted
by Julie Englander on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910. The program can be heard
on the internet at http://wsui.uiowa.edu :
Schiffs Worth was published last month by the UI Press,
with the support of a Greenwall Fund Grant from the Academy of American Poets,
which enables the publishing of promising poets first books.
Poet Mark Levine wrote, Robyn Schiff's Worth restores originality
to its proper and meaningful function: This is a book of new beginnings, of
self-creations and re-creations. These poems offer pleasure and disturbance
in equal measure and at all times; they are as dazzlingly constructed as a
Chanel gown and as breathless as a hovering finch, both of which are among
the elements of Schiff's densely populated imagination. This work manages
to strike me as unlike anything Ive seen before, while feeling perfectly
inevitable. Worth is a marvel.
Lubaschs first book of poems, How Many More of Them Are You?
received the 2000 Norma Farber First Book Award. Poet Lyn Hejinian wrote,
How Many More Of Them Are You is quizzical. It is riveted
to paradox. It is philosophically sophisticated. It is a brilliant and thrilling
When her second book, Vicinities, appeared last fall, Laura Sims
commented in the Boston Review, . . . lovely precision and lyricism
that enables Lubaschs poetry to extend in every direction.
UI Writers Workshop faculty member Cole Swenson observed, Lubasch
has an astonishing agility with words -- they become gymnastic, making contortions
that are not only stunning but also very beautiful. As she searches out new
shapes and a new pace for poetry to operate within, shes also stretching
outward, extending the territory of what can be thought, felt, and said --
and changing the value of the fragment, too, making it something whole in
itself, creating wholeness in midair.
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