Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
eBook ISBN: 9781496210920
Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, American
Radiance, at turns funny, tragic, and
haunting, reflects on the author's experience immigrating as a
child to the United States from Ukraine in 1991. What
does it mean to be an American? Luisa Muradyan doesn't try to
provide an answer. Instead, the poems in American
Radiance look for a home in history, folklore, misery, laughter,
language, and Prince's outstretched hand. Colliding with the
grand figures of late '80s and early '90s pop culture,
Muradyan's imagination pushes the reader forward, confronting
the painful loss of identity that assimilation brings.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Luisa Muradyan is a PhD candidate in poetry at the University of Houston and editor in chief of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Her poems have been published in Poetry International, Paris-American, Blackbird, Ninth Letter, West Branch, and the Los Angeles Review, among other publications.
"Luisa Muradyan's playful, fresh, and tender debut collection shows how a brand-new poetry can be made from many different existing sources. . . . Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Talmud, Madame Bovary, Jalal ad-Din Rumi, and the lives of her Russian Ukrainian ancestors. . . . And we feel included too, as she constructs her innovative highways between inner and outer worlds. This is the real stuff of poetry: spontaneous, original, compassionate, and provocative—who knows, maybe the glow of her poems does testify to the stubborn persistence of an American radiance!"—Tony Hoagland, author of Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God
"At once historical, personal, tender, enraged, and aroused, Luisa Muradyan has arrived precisely on time in American poetry. These poems are alive, ecstatic in the earthiest divine sense, lucid where humor blurs with grief, precise when weeping breaks into song. Her force is the force of love, and her voice is unforgettable."—Kathleen Peirce, author of Vault?
"Odessa, lost city of a lost childhood. America, lost country of the now (as promised by Bruce Willis). American Radiance is about searching, and Luisa Muradyan realizes that this is what it is to pray, to allow the search to reveal an invisible world."—Nick Flynn, author of My Feelings