Mountain Writers Series at Vie de Bohème
presents reading & book launch featuring
reading from her latest book of poetry
Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones
Selected and New Poems
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Vie de Bohème
SE 7th & Clay on Portland's Distillery Row
1530 SE 7th Avenue, Portland 97214
Suggested donation $10
This event is made possible by support from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Community Foundation.
About Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones
"Perillo's poetic persona is funny, tough, bold, smart, and righteous. A spellbinding storyteller and a poet who makes the demands of the form seem as natural as a handshake."
"For a poet obsessed with the steady degradation of the body and looming of death, Lucia Perillo manages to be highly entertaining.... Humor is actually the key to the power of her poems."
—The Los Angeles Times
"The poems [are] taut, lucid, lyric, filled with complex emotional reflection while avoiding the usual difficulties of highbrow poetry."
—The New York Times Book Review
”Lucia Perillo’s Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones: New and Selected Poems is a significant retrospective that includes work from her six previous books .… Fans will recognize her signature style—accessible, attuned to the small dramas in people’s lives, and at times witheringly funny. They will also find familiar themes: the delights of nature, the frailty of the physical world and the many ways the human body lets people down. The book shows Perillo’s ability to balance the timely and the timeless, and to capture some of the struggles that all humans face, regardless of when or where they live.”
“Perillo writes skillfully of urban, suburban, and wild environments, but she’s nearly unparalleled when addressing the ‘meat cage,’ and its pain and mortality. Perillo’s poems move against the backdrop of her own struggle with multiple sclerosis: ‘If I sleep on my belly, pinning it down,/ my breasts start puling like baby pigs/ trapped under their slab of torpid mother.’ Yet these vivacious poems reveal humor, sexuality, and a sharp sense of images and turns of phrase… [a] marvelous collection.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
”Lucia Perillo writes poignant, smart, very engaging poems.… She has a vast storehouse of sometimes arcane knowledge to call upon, and her palpable knowledge of the mortality of all things gives her work a primal power. [S]he has a fine sense of humor, sometimes deliciously caustic and sometimes delightfully silly…. What a welcome publication!”
—Open Books: A Poem Emporium
MacArthur Genius Award winner Lucia Perillo is a fearless poet who, with characteristic humor and incisive irony, confronts the failings and wonder of nature, particularly the frail and resilient human body. This generous collection draws upon five previous volumes, including books selected as a New York Times "100 Notable Books of the Year" and as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Lucia Perillo is the author of a book of essays, I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing (Trinity University Press, 2005), a book of short stories, Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain (Norton, 2012), and seven collections of poetry, most recently Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones: Selected and New Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2015).
Other books of poetry and some of her awards include:
- Dangerous Life (1989), winner of the Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America;
- The Body Mutinies (1996), which won the Kate Tufts prize from Claremont University;
- The Oldest Map with the Name America (1999);
- Luck is Luck (2005), which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize and won the Kingsley Tufts prize from Claremont University;
- Inseminating the Elephant (2009), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress.
Perillo has taught Syracuse University, Southern Illinois University, St. Martin’s College, and in the Warren Wilson MFA program. She lives with her husband in Olympia, Washington.