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Poet Elizabeth Robinson will read from her newest collection, Three Novels, at 7 p.m. Friday, June 29, at Prairie Lights Books and on the University of Iowa Writing University website.
Award-winning poet Martha Ronk wrote, “Elizabeth Robinson’s new and original collection recasts three mysterious novels into poetic prose fragments each of which underscores questions also raised in the novels: what is to be believed, which clues should be followed, which layer of meaning represents any form of truth …
“This original and intriguing exploration also urges reading itself as a way to grasp our lives.”
Robinson explains, “I understand the writing of poetry as processual and exploratory, not as a means of landing upon ultimate discovery. In a sense, I find that writing poetry, like the practice of any art, maximizes a sense of suspension during which my/our usual conclusions are held at bay and I/we can enter a different mode of attentiveness.”
She is the author of several books of poetry, including Apprehend, the 2003 winner of the Fence Modern Poets Prize. A winner of the National Poetry Series, she teaches at Naropa University in Colorado.
Robinson’s work has appeared in the Colorado Review, the Denver Quarterly, Poetry, the Salzburg Review, and the New American Quarterly, and she co-edits 26magazine and the EtherDome Chapbook series.
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