Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (Swenson by Luisa A. Igloria

By Luisa A. Igloria

“When Luisa Igloria cites Epictetus—‘as quickly as something has been noticeable, it really is over excited, and one other is available in its place’—she introduces the crowded and contradictory international her poems painting: a realm of transience, sure, the place the susceptible come to hurt and every little thing disappears, but in addition a scene of large, unpredictable bounty, the gloriously hued density this poet likes to aspect. ‘I was once raised / to think not just the attractive can survive / Parnassus,’ she tells us, and he or she makes it actual, by way of together with within the cyclonic swirl of her poems essentially every thing: a stunning, troubling over-brimming universe."

—Mark Doty, pass judgement on for the 2014 Swenson Award

The could Swenson Poetry Award, an annual festival named for may well Swenson, honors her as one in all America's such a lot provocative and very important writers. in the course of her lengthy profession, Swenson used to be enjoyed and praised by means of writers from almost each tuition of yankee poetry. She left a legacy of 50 years of writing while she died in 1989. She is buried in Logan, Utah, her hometown.

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