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Brief Landing on the Earth's Surface
Juanita Brunk

The Brittingham Prize in Poetry
Ronald Wallace, Series Editor

Winner of the 1996 Brittingham Prize in Poetry, selected by Philip Levine

In Brief Landing on the Earth's Surface, even the most ordinary moments are infused with an awareness of the lost past and a kind of prescience of the future. From one setting to another—Tidewater Virginia, rural Pennsylvania, Greece, New York City—these poems give voice to the human longing for permanence, home, and connection in the face of a constantly changing reality.

"Brunk's poetry has a delicate verbal grace and ease, and even more importantly all the right sort of literary and human ambitions. It is sensitive, attentive to urgent emotional matters, and approaches experience with a rich sense of whimsy, a genuine and idiosyncratic concern."—C. K. Williams

Juanita Brunk was born in Newport News, Virginia. She received a B.A. from James Madison University and an M.F.A. from George Mason University. She has taught English as a Second Language and writing classes in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and New York, and was a poet-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Passages North, Cimarron Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Poet Lore. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

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Brunk's book is white with a black and white image of a round fruit hanging off a branch in front of a house

September 1996
LC: 96-015118 PS
66 pp.    5 1/2 x 8 1/2

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"Brief Landing on the Earth's Surface teems with exact metaphors, moments of almost startling clarity. This is a book about central issues in human life, full of fresh, accurate figures of speech. It's written with grace and passion, and deserves and will reward readers."
—William Matthews

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