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November 4, 2020 at 8:06 pm #4075Elizabeth WetmoreGuest
All the Fierce Tethers
by Lia Purpura
- ISBN: 9781946448309 (1946448303)
- Genres: essays, nature, environment
- Publisher: Sarabande Books
- Format: paperback, 116 pages
- Author: Lia Purpura
- Release date: March 19, 2019
- Language: english
About The Book
Readers familiar with Lia Purpura’s highly praised essay collections — Becoming, On Looking, and Rough Likeness — will know she’s a master of observation, a writer obsessed with the interplay between humans and the things they see. The subject matter of All the Fierce Tethers is wonderfully varied, both low (muskrats, slugs, a stained quilt in a motel room) and lofty (shadows, prayer, the idea of beauty). In “Treatise Against Irony,” she counters this all-too modern affliction with ferocious optimism and intelligence: “The opposite of irony is nakedness.” In “My Eagles,” our nation’s symbol is viewed from all angles — nesting, flying, politicized, preserved. The essay in itself could be a small anthology. And, in a fresh move, Purpura turns to her own, racially divided Baltimore neighborhood, where a blood stain appears on a street separating East (with its Value Village) and West (with its community garden). Finalist for the National Book Critics Award, winner of the Pushcart Prize, Lia Purpura returns with a collection both sustaining and challenging.
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