Lia Purpura’s “Autopsy Report” was a visceral and detailed recounting of her first experience watching a human body dissected. The first page. Autopsy Report Summary of the story; The start and the end; Lia’s amazing sense of using poems and strong words to the story Lia Purpura. Here, for example, is Lia Purpura in a too-bright room, in an essay entitled ” Autopsy Report”: I shall begin . →”Autopsy Report” by Lia Purpura.

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But as Stielstra leaves that apartment for the final time, when she finds the victim in the lobby, Stielstra “in her memory” apologizes — “digging through our shared patchwork language to find the right words: When she is telling the story of the young mother and son, I had to re-read it a couple of times to try to grasp the meaning. How did the logistics of this research come about? This is an essay, despite its title, that is mostly about two sisters, one of whom is the author’s mother.

In “Autopsy Report,” I was drawn to the way in which she wrote and I loved how she described each organ or part of the body as it was being taken out. I shall begin with the chests of drowned men, bound with ropes and diesel-slicked. Early on, during a happily remembered parade, she tosses the “silver hyphen” of a baton to the sky and lets it linger “for a moment against the sun.

There are plenty of reasons to do nothing, and nothing is what Stielstra does. I am completely blown away by Purpura.

Lia Purpura’s “Autopsy Report”

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Soaked black with blood, his stiffening sleeve. She is in Prague when we meet her. Sometimes her details were even disturbing and I think that is exactly what she had intended.


The distance between the facts and her yearning to change those facts is where her redemption lies. What shall I say about those clouds or about the sky? The world had been summoned by seers and prophets. Email required Address never made public. Or at least as nonfiction as poetry can be.

I wondered about her, wanting her to reveal herself in the manner of most nonfiction, even as I remain at a safe, blanketed distance. Never have I ever read any stories written as great as hers and I think you can really tell that she put a lot of thought into each and every single word in each purpuura. There it is — the wide open forever, the eternal beyond.

I think “On Aesthetics” was my favorite piece. Like her language became an opened ended question that I could explore. It was like being born, that particular kind of seeing.

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Refuses to drop back down. Anonymous October 11, at 7: Their lashes white with river silt. I guess I should have auyopsy this from the title “Essays. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This may seem like a common goal for most writers, but with Purpura’s poetic language we are able to see this world naturally and clearly. It’s easy to see inside the human body in “Autopsy Report,” even if you never have seen another representation or real life cadaver.

Jamison is also a augopsy woman who has recently undergone both an abortion and heart surgery. I truncate the list; the point is: In “Autopsy” her images are strong and she depicts the body and shows us the “sharp pelvic bones” and repkrt ribs like steppes. The absence of anything new.

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The imagery is “Autopsy Report” was fantasically grotesque. Hallman Amy Wright for Zone 3: Sounds and shapes are in my ear—from an early life as an oboist almost conservatory bound and an early focus on poetry—that aytopsy concentrated way of working in small spaces. I realize that this is a very typical answer for me: I enjoyed that she was really just somebody looking at a situation, perceiving it, and I think we learn enough about her form the way she perceives certain situations either purpra or differently than how we would perceive the same situation.


In her essay ‘On Aesthetics,’ Purpura provides a metaphoric key instructing readers how to read this book. Jazmine Melissa October 11, at 8: Jamison isn’t just circling the literal and literary possibilities of empathy here. The diesel, the sludge, the mud: That one is definitely my favorite of the three. I will do better.

Finding empathy in the essay

A few feet over a fish leaps again, high in the air. In “The Empathy Exams,” the title essay in Leslie Jamison’s collection, Jamison is a “medical actor,” a young woman who performs acts of unwellness in order to further the education of aspiring doctors. She did a good job of showing, but it was an unpleasant image.

People often associate poetry and prose as two unique rsport, but I think they compliment each other really well. Overall, I think Lia Purpura is one of my favorite authors out of those we’ve read this semester.

Back to the Issue Catalog. Reading Purpura’s essays felt a less like reading an essay and more like having a conversation with the author. Asleep below deck when a freighter hit and the river rose inside their tug.

I also agree that the language of each essay was poetic. I really liked this technique, because it left me wanted more, while still coming away from the essay with a feeling of satisfaction.