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UI Press publishes Iowa Poetry Prize co-winner
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A collection of poetry that won a 1996 Iowa Poetry
Prize has been published by the University of Iowa Press.
"Inland," by Pamela Alexander, was cited for its inventive
language, scrupulous accuracy of imagery and a winning fusion of the comic
and the serious. In nearly 40 poems, Alexander ranges from the New Hampshire
woods to the Arizona desert; she depicts a family life eccentric to the
point of chaos, close observations of wildlife, and coastal sailing.
Alan Lightman, author of "Einstein's Dreams," praised Alexander's
"Pam Alexander's 'Inland' is quietly acute, witty, and lovely to
read," Lightman said. "Her poems embrace the outdoors, her poems
are giant houses that have beds for foxes, spiders, and tender people."
Alexander won the Yale Younger Poets Award in 1984 for "Navigable
Waterways"; her second book, "Commonwealth of Wings," is
a sequence of poems recreating the life of John James Audubon.
She currently teaches creative writing at Oberlin College and is the
poetry columnist for the Boston Book Review.
"Inland" is available at bookstores nationwide for $10.95
as a paperback original. The book can also be ordered from UI Press by
calling (319) 384-3808 (for calls within Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665
(outside Johnson County).
Information is also available at the UI Press website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~uipress/