Complex and focused, this collection of poems moves along the line between waking and sleeping to reveal a narrator who is contemplating her origins as well as her future. Pugh frequently turns in her work to the image of a bed - as a source of comfort, an erotic landing, and a place for dreaming. For Pugh, dreams both obscure and reveal, their language a code to be analyzed, as in her longer meditation inspired by Freud's case history 'Dora'. After dipping dangerously far into dreams, Pugh's poems return to a world of activity, full of physicality before becoming calm. At the end of the book, the self is restored and can see the world through a newly formed lens taken from its dreams.
A recipient of the Grolier Poetry Prize and a fellowship in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council, Christina Pugh is the author of Gardening at Dusk and Rotary, which was awarded the 2003 Word Press First Book Prize. Her poems and reviews have appeared in journals including the Atlantic Monthly, Harvard Review, and Poetry. Pugh is an assistant professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She lives in Evanston, Illinois.