1990, 64 pages
Family history, classical mythology, the "woman's novel," and male pornography all surface in Laura Moriarty's poems as generative texts of contemporary life in which this writing becomes necessary. In like roads Moriarty "translates" bits of fact and fiction into some of the most stunning and intellectually demanding poems being written today.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, poet and novelist Laura Moriarty grew up in Cape Cod and northern California. She was a founding member of Kelsey Street Press. She studied at Sacramento State University and the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, the science fiction novel Ultravioleta (2006), and the short novel Cunning (2000).
Moriarty has served as archive director for the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University and as deputy director of Small Press Distribution. She has taught at Naropa University, the Otis Art Institute, and Mills College. Her honors include a Poetry Center Book Award, a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award in Poetry, a New Langton Arts Award, and a Fund for Poetry grant. She lives in northern California.