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Christina Pugh

Four Way
2017 • 104 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - American / Poetry - Women Authors

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-88-8

“Pugh’s fourth book contains exquisite short poems devoted to focused observation. Although there is a still-life aspect about what is perceived, including flowers, art... [continued in Reviews below]”—Janet St. John, Booklist

A suite of minimalist lyric poems punctuated by prose poems explores the mysteries of visual perception and its relationship to poetic language

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 singular focus—that is too easily lost in our multitasking age.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Pugh’s fourth book contains exquisite short poems devoted to focused observation. Although there is a still-life aspect about what is perceived, including flowers, art, and objects, the poems are alive with movement. White spaces and short lines add to the abbreviated, punctuated, sometimes staccato-like rhythms. But Pugh’s use of associations and metaphors also creates lines of uninterrupted flow. The poems contain highly specific as well as specialized vocabulary that can make what is observed feel almost too magnified or abstract, perhaps like Georgia O’Keefe’s flower paintings. Seven numbered prose sections within the book create timely pauses and provide illumination about the poems and the notion of perception. The ending line of number three seems to summarize Pugh’s aesthetic: “Poetry’s work is not to ravish, but diminish.” Through her beautiful approach to minimalism, Pugh offers precise musings on objects while simultaneously offering readers the chance to contemplate the poems themselves, which feel
like thoughtful prayers or meditations.”—Janet St. John,

“Christina Pugh’s Perception transports us, from its opening starburst of phrases, through ravishing particulars. . . .”—Phillis Levin

“. . . I already find myself returning often to these beautiful, intricate meditations, grateful for what they release, grateful for what they restore.”—Mary Szybist

From the Book:

On Metaphor

A suspension

bridge now

rises from

the road or

doesn't it

resolve into

the waist

of a violin its

bridge under

strings Such





CHRISTINA PUGH’s books of poems include Grains of the Voice, Restoration and Rotary, which received the Word Press First Book Prize; and the chapbook Gardening at Dusk. 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, is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Consulting Editor for Poetry magazine.

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