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April 14, 2006

Poets Levine And Wilson Read At UI April 25

Poets Mark Levine and Emily Wilson, faculty members in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in Room 101 of UI Biology Building East.

Levine's austere, lyrical new collection is "The Wilds." A review in Publishers Weekly stated, "Levine's pessimistic, even apocalyptic third volume picks up where 'Enola Gay' and his influential debut, 'Debt' left off: startling and slippery images, and fast-moving, even disorienting poems depict postmodern scenes so fragmentary, noisy and degraded that the would-be poet, prophet or rebel can barely see or say what's going on.

"And yet, as he has before, Levine finds in this grim confusion not just style but panache. . . . Where his previous jeremiads focused on money and war, Levine's new book concentrates on the environment, on woods, ponds, fields and the devastation human settlement can bring; a persistent subplot concerns children, schooling and schools, as if to ask whether poetry could teach us anything worth knowing. The result is a significant ecological poetics."

Levine, a frequent contributor of non-fiction to the New York Times Magazine, has been the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Wilson's debut, "The Keep," was published as part of the Kuhl House Poets Series of the UI Press. Poet Carl Phillips responded to the collection by writing, "Wilson's is a powerful, original, and long-necessary voice."

Janet Holmes wrote in ForeWord, that Wilson writes "moody, highly sonic poems" that "lure the reader sensually and imagistically with a halting rhythm and lush vocabulary."

In addition to the Master of Fine Arts from the UI, Wilson holds a degree from Harvard College. She has taught at Colby College and the University of Montana where she served as Richard Hugo Visiting Writer in 2005. Her poems have appeared in journals including the Boston Review, the Colorado Review, TriQuarterly and Volt.

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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