On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths

by Lucia Perillo

On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths

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Pulitzer prize finalist Perillo has always written poems that were hilarious even as they recounted her struggle with debilitating multiple sclerosis. In this, her most intimate collection to date, she confronts her own mortality, and the fragility of life in general, though not without flashing a bit of a smile.

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Pulitzer Prize finalist Perillo has always written poems that managed to be hilarious even as they described her struggle with debilitating multiple sclerosis. In this, her most intimate collection, she unsparingly confronts her own mortality and the fragility of life in general, though not without flashing a bit of a smile. "When you spend many hours alone in a room / you have more than the usual chances to disgust yourself — / this is the problem of the body, not that it is mortal / but

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