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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I can give you an entire list in a single qutopsy To me that tone and structure worked and I found that I enjoyed reading it. In fact, my grandmother would send me huge packs of clipped columns when I was at college. I thought that the first piece we read, Autopsy Report, was actually really gross.

Reading Purpura’s essays felt a less like reading an essay and more like autopys a conversation with the author. And I know everyone has been talking about “Autopsy Report,” but there is something so raw about it. This essay is a reflection upon the often-taken-for-granted sense of sight.

It’s in the accordion folds of the empathetic imagination. It is a spiral without an end. Redemption comes from looking.


It was gruesome, and sweet, and weirdly intimate. High above the water, it rises like a silver baton, presses itself against the blue August sky, and refuses to drop back down.

Beth Kephart These essays — and essayists — are proponents of experiencing empathy with words. Anonymous October 17, at 9: I hear a steady lilting through your lyric essays that suggests the same thing might be at work in prose. The descriptions, for example, are always spot on. With all of her word purprua, I could definitely see the poetic side of Lia Purpura.

There are plenty of reasons to do nothing, and nothing is what Stielstra does. Her empathic imagination is a historian, a chronicler. Purpura “does her looking with an amazing capacity to see the unseen, to bring repprt to the unspoken.

Lia Purpura’s “Autopsy Report”

There may be erport more formal shaping going on in my prose than in my poems. The handful of pieces that I liked I brought home to do more research on their authors. I really liked this technique, because it left me wanted more, while still coming away from the essay with a feeling of satisfaction.

Anonymous October 11, at 7: Beth Kephart is the author of 19 books, including “Handling the Truth: This site uses cookies.


Will you list repoort things that function regularly to liquefy yours? Anonymous October 12, at 9: To whom are we beautiful as we go?

Essay Weekly: ENGL Perry Kantor on Lia Purpura’s “Autopsy Report”

Seeing into the body was like lifting a shroud; what had been vaguely located suddenly rport tint and hue and texture and weight and, yes, scent. D’Ambrosio’s empathetic imagination is an appeasing imagination. Death gowned and dancing, scythe raised and cape blowing, leading the others, at dusk, over a mountain.

There it is — the wide open forever, the eternal beyond. Look; look at them; look at it! I can see lots of similarities between the two. I felt very close to each one, like they were sitting me down and explaining he world through their eyes to me. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

I also agree that the language of kia essay was poetic.