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Release: March 14, 2002


University of Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate Sarah Manguso will read from her debut volume of poetry and prose/poems, "The Captain Lands in Paradise," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910. The program can be accessed on the Internet at
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            Manguso grew up in Massachusetts and attended Harvard University before she came to the UI. Her poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, the Best American Poetry, the Boston Review, the Chicago Review, the New Republic and many other journals.

            Carl Phllips wrote, "Sarah Manguso's poems weirdly plumb and strikingly frame what we're up against: the now in which the Muse drives a silver pickup, mystery only announces itself out of grief for us, and to reach harbor is to understand there will be no end of searching. Hers is a startling, disturbing and original voice."

            And Writers' Workshop faculty member Dean Young commented, "At times disarmingly straightforward, at others elegantly convoluted, Sarah Manguso's poems evade and persuade us of the perils and fleshed restitutions of the imaging, mortal life. Again and again, their language inhabits the cusp between playfulness and dark revelation, between gaming and cri de coeur so we are torn, reading, between consolation and alarm. With an apocalyptic exuberance as well as the clarity of truthful recall, 'The Captain Lands in Paradise' has an impact that belies its marvelously deft touch."