Forthcoming Fall 2014: It Looks Worse than I Am, a new book
of poetry from
What Books Press. To welcome its publication, Laurie will give her first reading of this new book (along with poet Kasey Jueds) at poetry bookstore Open Books in Seattle on Friday, 17 October 2014 around 7:30 pm.
Open Books: A Poem Emporium
2414 North 45th Street
Seattle, Washington 98103
(206) 633-0811 www.openpoetrybooks.com
Laurie was interviewed by Emile Monte
in the Ballard News Tribune on
14 April 2014. Read the interview here.
The author of seven books of poetry, three novels and a novella, Laurie Blauner received an MFA from The University of Montana. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in various publications, including The New Republic, The Nation, The Georgia Review, The Seattle Review, The New Orleans Review, Poetry, and American Poetry Review. She has received an NEA grant, King County Arts Commission, Seattle Arts Commission, Artist Trust, and Centrum grants and awards. Laurie Blauner lives in Seattle, Washington.
Other Lives, Owl
Creek Press, 1984
Self-Portrait with and Unwilling Landscape, Owl Creek Press, 1989
Children of Gravity, Owl Creek Press, 1995
Facing the Facts, Orchises Press, 2002
All This Could Be Yours, Cherry Grove Collections, 2006
Wrong, Cherry Grove Collections, 2008
Figments (& other occurrences), dancing girl press, 2013
It Looks Worse than I Am, What Books Press, 2014
What your Body Holds Against You*
love in the right proportions. Don't confuse
form and content where a good sense of humor becomes
curves that make rooms loosen around her.
Look for a woman that listens to music
drifting over a lake, hovering like flies, or
someone who will
watch the landscape emptied of azaleas under a setting sun.
By forty there is a sideshow of vanities:
the dragon breath you wake to, bones tossed
against your skin like waves, or the flesh that
where a waitress tucks her loose change. We measure
time with our lives, counting out the coins
year by year. We all become detectives of broken
hearts in off-season hotels where love and its
wait by the roulette wheel for one chance at the big time.
*from Children of Gravity, Owl Creek Press, 1995
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