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Lia Purpura’s “Autopsy Report” was a visceral and detailed recounting of her first experience watching a human body dissected. The first page. Autopsy Report Summary of the story; The start and the end; Lia’s amazing sense of using poems and strong words to the story Lia Purpura. Here, for example, is Lia Purpura in a too-bright room, in an essay entitled ” Autopsy Report”: I shall begin . →”Autopsy Report” by Lia Purpura.

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I guess I should have realized this from the title “Essays. You are commenting using your Facebook account. I wondered about her, wanting her to reveal herself in the manner of most nonfiction, even as I remain at a safe, blanketed distance. I think I actually cringed a few times while reading it, which just goes to show how awesome the language is that it actually evoked a physical reaction. Anonymous October 17, at 9: I really had no idea that this interview would uncover such a promotional stance: Early on, during a happily remembered parade, she tosses the “silver hyphen” of a baton to the sky and lets it linger “for a moment against the repoort.

It may be that the experience of teaching writing and literature offers up an even llia explanation for the state of books in the world than the teaching of the craft of creative writing. My intrinsic tendencies run toward a steady ok, obsessive form of paying attention, of seeing, of probing, of being curious, and having to look and by extension, having to jot, because I have a terrible memory.

And she had a kind of bawdy side, too. At first the way she described it was so abstract that I couldn’t understand what was happening just like the mother couldn’t understand what was happening.

Lia Purpura’s “Autopsy Report”

I chose this piece, because it caught my eye. How do you fortify yourself against the human inclination toward ease and the easy slippage into allowing things to become ordinaryand unremarkable?

Refuses to drop back down. That can’t be right, not because these stories feel fake, but because they are dressed up so nicely in description and told so much like any of the other stories we have been reading that I am really surprised.


To me, it showed people in their truest, most open form, which is what the narrator talked about. The distance between the facts and her yearning to change those facts is where her redemption lies. You can’t remember her name: Even that gets described so well that it feels as though it’s so much better than real life that it couldn’t possibly be nonfiction.

Jamison is also a young woman who has recently undergone both an abortion and heart surgery. With all of her word choices, I could definitely see the poetic side of Lia Purpura. It is all about this weird little wooden sculpture thing her son finds in the pugpura. Learn more about subscribing to Printers Row Journal, which is purpuraa for home or digital delivery.

Cage suggests that meaning and a sense of direction is slippery and can be mused on but not really held reort to when creating though one can know it then in a different way, by not-knowing, by just being in it and moving along. I also agree that the language of each essay was poetic. I hear a steady lilting through your lyric essays that suggests the same thing might rwport at work in prose.

This time, I will rush down the kia flights of stairs — not in time to stop it, but still in time to help, to get her to lai hospital, or a friend’s, or a shelter. But what does it matter what any of them think about the spires of Warsaw or Panera Bread, the Aragon or mentorship, the color blue, a strand of pearls, a putpura in Samarkand? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: There may be even more formal shaping going on in my prose than repirt my poems.

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Something was so comforting and chilling about that thought while I read the story. Their lashes white with river silt. Just look, she pleads. Lia begins the essay and the next few paragraphs with graphic descriptions of corpses she sees in an autopsy room.


I found that my style of writing creative nonfiction is a little similar to hers in that she often uses blunt, powerful sentences to make an idea more prominent. Like Fran, I appreciated the fact that she wasn’t so concrete at first when describing the laser point on the baby’s head and I didn’t completely understand what was going on.

The book enacts its aesthetic by circumscribing, cutting, outlining its vision rather than explicating, connecting or declaring.

Her arms move lazily back and forth, holding her up, and as she watches, the fish is transformed. To whom are we beautiful as we go? In “Autopsy” her images are strong and she depicts the body and shows us the “sharp pelvic bones” and “His ribs like steppes.

I try not to think too hard about how I do what I do. There is a YouTube video of a hiker who is flabbergasted by the sight of a triple rainbow, asking repeatedly and unsuccessfully its significance. When it came to the meaning of her writing, I have to say I found myself lost. Anonymous October 12, at 9: On the Writing of Memoir. Sometimes I feel the need to encourage or reassure the reader a little, so I do that. The descriptions, for example, are always spot on. This is her transcending beyond the facts, the view that only her imagination can yield.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I am completely blown away by Purpura. To me, it really helped set the scene purupra made it very effective.

Purpura did this with all of the pieces we read and did a wonderful job about it. Pages About Blogroll WordPress. BUY SpringVol.

She did a good job of showing, but it was an unpleasant image.