“Laird’s ear for ‘smallish lexical mercies’ yields superb lines.”—Stephen Burt, New York Times Book Review
On Purpose examines the often brutal arena of human relations. Informed by both wit and a melancholic undercurrent, the book thoughtfully provokes concepts of happiness and sadness, of warring and reparation. The volume concludes with an affecting sequence about a marriage, inspired by that most influential of military treatises, The Art of War.
- July 2010
- 5.6 × 8.3 in
/ 80 pages
- Sales Territory: Worldwide, excluding Canada, the British Commonwealth and the European Union.
Endorsements & Reviews
“The dense purity of the language recalls the unflinching confessional mode of Robert Lowell and the tender Hughes of Birthday Letters.” — Time Out London
“One of the most memorable meditations on love and marriage in contemporary literature. These 65 pages will knock you flat.” — Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
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