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Copper Canyon Press
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5.9 X 0.6 X 8.9 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author
Deborah Landau is the author of three collections of poetry: The Uses of the Body and The Last Usable Hour, both Lannan Literary Selections from Copper Canyon Press, and Orchidelirium, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye for the Robert Dana Anhinga Prize for Poetry. In 2016 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Uses of the Body was featured on NPR's All Things Considered, and included on "Best of 2015″ lists by The New Yorker, Vogue, BuzzFeed, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others. Landau was educated at Stanford University, Columbia University, and Brown University, where she was a Javits Fellow and received a Ph.D. in English and American Literature. She teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at New York University, and lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Praise for The Uses of the Body "Her arch observations create dark interior comedy that's reminiscent of Virginia Woolf or Sylvia Plath....Get this book."--NPR, All Things Considered "As Landau explores her physical self and her sexuality, she's tart, witty, fluid, direct, and brutally honest, and her work can be appreciated by any reader." --Library Journal, Starred Review "When Emerson famously wrote, 'cut these words and they would bleed, ' he could have been speaking of Landau. Her poems leap from the page with uncanny mortal energy." --The Rumpus Praise for The Last Usable Hour "The poems of Landau's stunning second collection are dark, urgent, sexy, deeply sad, and, above all, powerful." --Publishers Weekly "Landau's intimate, lonely poems are profoundly engaged with the experience of the self in its darkest moments: when it is deprived, nocturnal, barely lingual...she creates a deeply erotic and resonant encounter between the lyric I and its solitude." --The Boston Review Praise for Orchidelirium "Hooray for a writer who can weave presence and absence, longing and loss of longing, into a tapestry of language as rich, honest, and compelling as this." --Naomi Shihab Nye, 2003 Anhinga Prize Judge "With depth, assurance, and astonishing savoir faire Landau makes Orchidelirium a genuine orchid of a book, a vivid and riveting new bloom in American letters." --Molly Peacock