Leanna Petronella - THE IMAGINARY AGE

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 6:30pm
2421 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005

Leanna will be joined by Meggie Monahan.

Haunting the spheres of womb and bone and mother-longing, Leanna Petronella is so good! These are poems wet with blood and blooming with mystery, and we need them in our dry garden of a world. (Melissa Broder, author of Last Sext)

This is a book of transport that turns the imagination into a bathysphere, a spacecraft, a carousel. Petronella is not afraid to examine matters of sex, blood, private calamity with bold wit and verve. And while a whimsical intellect drives these poems through childhood closets and vivid menageries, the reader notes the signs of peril littering such a landscape: ‘unsepulchered girlish legs,’ ‘wasps and teeth,’ ‘pieces of beak.’ Come ride this exquisite vessel of The Imaginary Age whose shadows leave a strange calligraphy on the ground. (Carolina Ebeid, author of You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior)

Like many of the best fairy tales, Leanna Petronella’s The Imaginary Age tells the story of a daughter trying to make her way through the world with one pocket stuffed with grief and the other full of memories for her lost mother. In a distinct voice that merges surrealist imagery and playful use of poetic forms, Petronella has created a collection of completely new and deeply satisfying myths for coming of age, sexual awakening, and living joyfully, meaningfully, authentically ever after. (Kathryn Nuernberger, author of Rue)

Leanna Petronella’s poetry appears in Beloit Poetry Journal, Third Coast, Birmingham Poetry Review, CutBank, Quarterly West, ElevenEleven, and other publications. Her fiction appears in Drunken Boat, and her nonfiction appears in Brevity.  She holds a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri, where she was Poetry Editor for the Missouri Review, and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Her debut collection, The Imaginary Age, won the 2018 Pleiades Press Editors Prize, and will be forthcoming in October 2019. Learn more here

Meggie Monahan grew up outside of Philadelphia and moved to Houston in 2009. She received an MFA from the University of Houston, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets, The American Journal of Poetry, The Cortland Review, Natural Bridge, and elsewhere. Meggie is the Director of Development & Community Partnerships at Writers in the Schools (WITS). When not at WITS, Meggie can be found teaching sweaty Spandex-clad folks at BIG Power Yoga in Montrose.

The Imaginary Age: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807171523
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Published: LSU Press - October 1st, 2019