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Lia Purpura

Lia Purpura is the author of It Shouldn't Have Been Beautiful (Penguin Books, 2015), King Baby (Alice James Books, 2008), Stone Sky Lifting (Ohio State University Press, 2000), and The Brighter Veil (Orchises Press, 1996). She is also the author of the essay collections Rough Likeness (Sarabande Books, 2011); On Looking (Sarabande Books, 2006), a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist; and Increase (University of Georgia Press, 2000). She currently teaches at the University of Maryland and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


It Shouldn't Have Been Beautiful (Penguin Books, 2015)
King Baby (Alice James Books, 2008)
Stone Sky Lifting (Ohio State University Press, 2000)
The Brighter Veil (Orchises Press, 1996)

Rough Likeness (Sarabande Books, 2011)
On Looking (Sarabande Books, 2006)
Increase (University of Georgia Press, 2000)


By This Poet



It’s that, when I’m gone,
(and right off this is tricky)
I won’t be worried
about being gone.
I won’t be here
to miss anything.
I want now, sure,
all I’ve been gathering
since I was born,
but later
when I no longer have it,
(which might be
a state everlasting, who knows?)
this moment right now
(stand closer, love,
you can’t be too close),
is not a thing I’ll know to miss.
I doubt I’ll miss it.
I can’t get over this.