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Christina Pugh, Evanston resident and poet, read selections from “Perception” at a poetry evening  on March 12 at Bookends and Beginnings.

Ms. Pugh is the author of four books of poems, including most recently, “Perception” (Four Way Books). Her essays on poetry and poetics have appeared in Poetry, the Emily Dickinson Journal, Literary Imagination, and the Cambridge Companion to American Poetry since 1945 (Cambridge University Press, 2013), among others. Ms. Pugh is professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Consulting Editor for Poetry magazine, a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry for 2015-2016.

“Perception” is a suite of short poems considering concrete objects ranging from painting and shop signs to wallpaper and flowers. Ms. Pugh says in these poems she is seeking to enact the power of singular focus that is too easily lost in our multitasking age.