Join us as we celebrate the release of Lisa Russ Spaar’s new poetry collection, Madrigalia: New & Selected Poems. This in-person event will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.
About the Book: This career-spanning volume portrays in stunning fashion Lisa Russ Spaar’s exquisite obsessions: spiritual hunger, lingual pleasures, bodily decay. The “ringleader of a stunning lexicon” (Shenandoah), Spaar offers poems that are both colloquial and sumptuous, hyper-attuned to contemporary idiom while rooted in language’s primordial, earthy roots. Whether writing of the erotic or the divine, of anorexia or insomnia, of fairy tale or literary history, Spaar’s writing is unmistakably her own, a trove of music and magic like nothing else in contemporary poetry. In Madrigalia, her oeuvre is on full display; it is a showcase of her indispensable poetic gifts, a tribute to a writer both ascetic and ecstatic.
About the Author: Lisa Russ Spaar is the author of many collections of poetry, most recently Orexia (Persea, 2017), and a collection of essays, The Hide-and-Seek Muse: Annotations of Contemporary Poetry. She is the editor of four poetry anthologies, most recently More Truly and More Strange: 100 Contemporary American Self-Portrait Poems. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Award, and the Library of Virginia Award for Poetry. She is a poetry columnist for Los Angeles Review of Books and professor of English at the University of Virginia.
Madrigalia: New & Selected Poems will be released on November 16. To order the book, please see below for the New Dominion Bookshop book order form or call the shop at 434-295-2552. Madrigalia will be available for early purchase during the event on November 6.
"Lisa Russ Spaar sounds like no other poet writing today."
New Dominion Bookshop Book Order Form
Shop local and support your community bookstore! Order books from New Dominion Bookshop by filling out the contact form below. Please make sure that you list the book title(s) that you would like to order. There is no need to pre-pay. We will collect your payment when you pick up your order or when your order is shipped. If you would like your book(s) to be signed and/or inscribed, please include that information in the “Message for Our Booksellers” field. Madrigalia pre-orders will be available for pickup at the event on November 6. After the event, Madrigalia will be available for pickup on or after November 16 (the official release date).
Lisa Russ Spaar Photo Credit: Jen Fariello