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On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths
Lucia Perillo
$22.00 hardbound
978-1-55659-397-0
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On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths  (hardbound)
Lucia Perillo
Regarding Lucia Perillo's poetry, Time Out New York wrote one of the finest lines ever:  "Whoever told you poetry isn't for everyone hasn't read Lucia Perillo." It's true—Perillo writes poems that are darkly honest, humorous, contrarian, and inquisitive, and On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths weaves together the mythic and the mundane as the poet faces the various treacheries of the human body.
 

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100 Notable Books of 2012, The New York Times Book Review

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award for Poetry 2013

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist 2012

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For On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths, Lucia Perillo

Honored as a "Top 10 Poetry Book" by Publishers Weekly

Selected for the "100 Notable Books of 2012" list by New York Times Book Review

“Perillo has long lived with, and written about, her struggle with debilitating multiple sclerosis. Her bracing sixth book of poems, published concurrently with her debut story collection, takes an unflinching, though not unsmiling, look at mortality. Perillo has a penchant for dark humor, for jokes that stick…[and] despite the joking tone, the stakes are always high.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The poems in On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths are taut, lucid, lyric, filled with complex emotional reflection while avoiding the usual difficulties of highbrow poetry." —New York Times Book Review

Reading this book "is like listening to a gifted conversationalist: Perillo has a polished way of musing about our world—the micro and the macro—that engages and delights, and is more often than not a lot of fun to read." —Alex M. Frankel, The Antioch Review

"'Tragedy's easy, comedy's hard,' says the actors' cliché. Lucia Perillo tries to accomplish both, not only within the same books—On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths is her sixth—but within the same lines. Her poems' gleeful conjunctions of scenes and weird words insist on the high spirits available in contemporary life, and their angular syntax makes for wild rides; at the same time, those rides, those words, those spirits, all point to the same melancholy end." Stephen Burt, The Nation

“Lucia Perillo… examines her life more broadly in the viscerally dark and edgy On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths.”—Library Journal

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