A poetry reading by Julia Bloch
The Sacramento of Desire
6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe
Julia Bloch grew up in Northern California and Sydney, Australia. She is the author of three books of poetry and a critical monograph in progress on lyric theory and the North American long poem. She is a Pew Fellow in the Arts, edits at Jacket2, and directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Bloch’s newest book, The Sacramento of Desire, links the vulnerabilities of the body with the economies of assisted reproduction, landscape disasters, and language itself. In interlocking, essayistic prose poetry, the collection mimics the way time skips and lingers in feeling, questioning the norms of reproduction we attach to mandates for social value.