Four Way Books Poetry with Miranda Field and Christina Pugh

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Miranda Field & Christina Pugh

Miranda Field and Christina Pugh read from their latest poetry collections, Imaginary Royalty and Perception.

At 57th Street Books

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About Imaginary Royalty: These harrowing poems focus on how human connection can both transcend devastation as well as complicate our individual sense of existence. We witness the devastating impact of loss on a group of sisters, while also following the isolated self's ongoing navigation of an ever-changing world. Through it all, the sisters in Imaginary Royalty live and breathe as one: "None of us is her own grown self now. Re-conjoined, four sisters. The magnetic pull is awful, gravity unbearable, and, oh our bodies are staved. It is the center we seize around, the sister in whom the hole has opened. The cold blows through us all." (from "A Soul So Watched")

About Perception: Perception consists of short poems rooted in observed objects. Using metaphoric description as well as association, the poems inhabit the objects or entities that they contemplate--ranging from paintings and shop signs to wallpaper and flower species. These poems are seeking to enact a tenor of attention--the power of a singular focus--that is too easily lost in our multi-tasking age.

About Miranda Field: Miranda Field was born in North London, UK, and came to the US as an undergraduate. She currently lives in New York City. Married to poet Tom Thompson, with whom she has two children, she teaches poetry (and occasionally fiction) at NYU, Barnard, the New School, and in individual sessions, privately. Her first book of poems, Swallow, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 2002.

About Christina Pugh: Christina Pugh's books of poems include Perception (Four Way Books, 2017), Grains of the Voice (Northwestern University Press, 2013), Restoration (Northwestern University Press, 2008) and Rotary (Word Press, 2004), which received the Word Press First Book Prize; and the chapbook Gardening at Dusk (Wells College Press, 2002). Her poems have appeared widely. Pugh was recently awarded a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship to complete her fifth book of poems, Stardust Media. Her honors have also included the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, an individual artist fellowship in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council, the Grolier Poetry Prize, an AWP Intro Journals Award, and the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry. She lives in Evanston, IL, and is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to her teaching, she is Consulting Editor for Poetry magazine.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th St.
Chicago, IL 60637