The University of Wisconsin Press
Brief Landing on the Earth's Surface
Winner of the 1996 Brittingham Prize in Poetry, selected by Philip Levine
In Brief Landing on the Earth's Surface, even the most ordinary moments are infused with an awareness of the lost past and a kind of prescience of the future. From one setting to anotherTidewater Virginia, rural Pennsylvania, Greece, New York Citythese poems give voice to the human longing for permanence, home, and connection in the face of a constantly changing reality.
"Brunk's poetry has a delicate verbal grace and ease, and even more importantly all the right sort of literary and human ambitions. It is sensitive, attentive to urgent emotional matters, and approaches experience with a rich sense of whimsy, a genuine and idiosyncratic concern."C. K. Williams
Juanita Brunk was born in Newport News, Virginia. She received a B.A. from James Madison University and an M.F.A. from George Mason University. She has taught English as a Second Language and writing classes in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and New York, and was a poet-in-residence at the University of WisconsinMadison. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Passages North, Cimarron Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Poet Lore. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.
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LC: 96-015118 PS
66 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $14.95 t
"Brief Landing on the Earth's Surface teems with exact metaphors, moments of almost startling clarity. This is a book about central issues in human life, full of fresh, accurate figures of speech. It's written with grace and passion, and deserves and will reward readers."
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