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Guide to the Exhibit (Paperback)

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Inspired by displays at our own Santa Cruz Natural History Museum, the poems in Lisa Allen Ortiz’s collection, Guide to the Exhibit, are about what we set aside to examine and remember. The quirky, scientific lens—grimy, focused, funny, always illuminating—animates the odd and overlooked. With humility and curiosity, Ortiz is moved to learn how to see more clearly both as lover and as griever. Speaking the names of things—animals, skeletons, teeth, feathers—is a way of connecting with the complications of being alive. Chase Twichell says, “These marvelous poems (for they are full of marvels) examine and catalog the flora and fauna of our planet, its rocks and skies and soil and waters, both from outside, looking at them, but also from inside, looking as them.” How does the stillness of an exhibit encourage us toward love and joy? Does studying details increase the pleasure of felt experience? Guide to the Exhibit faces these questions with courage, modesty, and power.

Praise For…

“This book has many things I most hope for in poetry. The speaker is madly in love with the world and its names, its things. There is courage everywhere and acute attentiveness. These poems come to you— urgent, rushing, and controlled from a wide-open heart. A splendid debut.”

—Thomas Lux

Product Details
ISBN: 9780979458293
Publisher: Perugia Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2016
Pages: 78
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