Body Mutinies

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Purdue University Press
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5.53 X 8.47 X 0.33 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author
Lucia Perillo (1958-2016) is the author of many collections of poetry: Dangerous Life, which won the Norma Farber Award for best first book; The Body Mutinies, which received the PEN Revson Foundation Fellowship and the Kate Tufts Poetry Award; The Oldest Map with the Name America; Luck Is Luck, which won the Kingsley Tufts Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Inseminating the Elephant and On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths. Perillo's poetry, essays, and short fiction have appeared in the Paris Review, the Atlantic, the New Yorker, and other magazines, and have been included in the Best American Poetry and Pushcart anthologies. She received a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 2000. She has taught at Syracuse University, Saint Martin's University, and Southern Illinois University.

Lucia Perillo's poems race flat out. Perillo knows where the accelerator is and what it's for, and she stands on it, puts her whole weight on it. These dazzling and powerful poems hold nothing back. The poet commits herself wholeheartedly to the passions, pleasures, and griefs of a body that is dying and subject to all the violations of a violent world. And when the poems veer almost out of control, she knows how to steer 'into the fishtails' and she knows that 'when everything goes to hell the worst you can do / is hit the brake'"