Lia Purpura

Loud Walk in Fall | Regret
April 10, 2015 Purpura Lia

Loud Walk in Fall


There is something else
noise hurts.
Not just me.
Flinching abounds
in the open air
which hasn’t a body,
but still, is bare
and has been
walked in on.
That truck with no muffler
embarrassed it.





It’s definitely a place.
A land
I wish I hadn’t
visited, but
from where I’m standing
I belong there.
It’s a field,
it’s wide
and operates
by admitting
new thoughts,
by charging
It was expensive there
once, very costly,
but not
until now.

Lia Purpura is the author of 7 collections of essays, poems, and translations.  Her awards include a  Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, NEA and Fulbright Fellowships, and three Pushcart prizes. On Looking (essays) was finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Herpoems and essays appear in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Orion, The Paris Review, Field and elsewhere. In 2015, her collection of poems It Shouldn’t Have been Beautiful, will be published by Viking/Penguin. She lives in Baltimore, MD and is Writer in Residence at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County.