Book teaser, blurbvideopoem for the new book 'The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis' by Luisa A. Igloria
Poem & voice: Luisa A. Igloria
Music and Film: Marc Neys
About the book:
The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis
Luisa A. Igloria
Phoenicia Publishing is delighted to announce the March 2018 publication of the latest book by celebrated poet Luisa A. Igloria, her second title with our press. These unique, surprising, humorous and poignant "Buddha poems," written in early 2016, appeared online at Via Negativa, and they are collected here in print for the first time.
To quote from the book's foreword:
"Reading Luisa A. Igloria’s poems is like opening doors within doors within doors. These doors give access to the mind, the imagination, into lush and lyric worlds. The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis continues pushing this space the poet occupies—a space between the real and the dream...Poem after poem reveals the Buddha. S/he is sneaky and coy. S/he peeks behind every stanza, meditating at every end-stopped line, her robes overflowing in every layer of images. And in the end, after we’ve taken in every poem, s/he finds a place in the center of us."
-- Ira Sukrungruang, author of four books including Southside Buddhist, Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy, and the forthcoming Buddha's Dog and other meditations; professor at the University of South Florida and AWP Southern Regional Chair.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Luisa A. Igloria is the winner of the 2015 Resurgence Prize (UK), the world’s first major award for ecopoetry, selected by former UK poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. She is the author of the chapbooks Haori (Tea & Tattered Pages Press, 2017), Check & Balance (Moria Press/Locofo Chaps, 2017), and Bright as Mirrors Left in the Grass (Kudzu House Press eChapbook selection for Spring 2015); plus the full length works Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (selected by Mark Doty for the 2014 May Swenson Prize, Utah State University Press), Night Willow (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, 2014), The Saints of Streets (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2013), Juan Luna’s Revolver (2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize, University of Notre Dame Press), and nine other books. She teaches on the faculty of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University, which she directed from 2009-2015. Her website is luisaigloria.com