Today's poems are "Aquarium" and "Adagio"
from Desire Lines: New and Selected Poems

BOA Editions Ltd.

Lola Haskins has published seven previous collections of poetry, most recently The Rim Benders (Anhinga, 2001) and Extranjera (Story Line, 1998). Her work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Christian Science Monitor, The London Review of Books, Beloit Poetry Journal, Georgia Review, Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She has been featured on PBS in the United States and on BBC in England. Her awards include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, four individual artist fellowships from the state of Florida, the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the Emily Dickinson/Writer Magazine award from the Poetry Society of America. Ms. Haskins enjoys collaborating with other artists. Recent examples include performing Forty-Four Ambitions for the Piano with Kevin Sharpe, a classical pianist, and James Paul Sain, an electro-acoustic composer, and playing "the speaking Mata Hari" in a ballet of that title for which she wrote the libretto. Ms. Haskins' day job is teaching Computer Science at the University of Florida. She lives in a house she built with her husband on land outside Gainesville, where the locals include possums, armadillos, deer, and Florida black bears.

Praise for Lola Haskins:

"No American poet of her generation creates more brilliant images or more compelling voices."
—Susan Ludvigson

"Lola Haskins writes with the startling freedom and grace of a kite flying, and with the variety and assurance of invention that reveal, in image after image, the dream of the waking world."
—W. S. Merwin

"Lola Haskins' range is broad; her perceptions are always surprising."
—Maxine Kumin

"[the poems] richly present the experience of women, as the complexity of their material, emotional, and imaginative lives presses against the constraints of their assigned roles... wonderfully evocative."
Hudson Review

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