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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 work.

"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).

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