paper • 112 pages • 15.95
ISBN-13: 978-1-935536-88-8

One of the Chicago Review of Books‘s Best Books of 2017.

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Christina Pugh

Perception consists of short poems rooted in observed objects. Using metaphoric description as well as association, the poems inhabit the objects or entities that they contemplate — ranging from paintings and shop signs to wallpaper and flower species. These poems are seeking to enact a tenor of attention — the power of singular focus — that is too easily lost in our multi-tasking age.

“A Smaller Purple” from Perception:

Small     like the bee’s

balm     remembered

in the field – a tatter

in the blossom     and

the hue     faded

eastward: – deep


sips     missing

from the beveled

glass that constitutes

our     loved

color, violet

Praise by Phillis Levin
Praise by Mary Szybist
Praise by Booklist

“Christina Pugh’s Perception transports us, from its opening starburst of phrases, through ravishing particulars….”—Phillis Levin

“…I already find myself returning often to these beautiful, intricate meditations, grateful for what they release, grateful for what they restore.” —Mary Szybist

“…Through her beautiful approach to minimalism, Pugh offers precise musings on objects while simultaneously offering readers the chance to contemplate the poems themselves, which feel like thoughtful prayers or meditations.” —Booklist