Lia Purpura’s “Autopsy Report” was a visceral and detailed recounting of her first experience watching a human body dissected. The first page. Autopsy Report Summary of the story; The start and the end; Lia’s amazing sense of using poems and strong words to the story Lia Purpura. Here, for example, is Lia Purpura in a too-bright room, in an essay entitled ” Autopsy Report”: I shall begin . →”Autopsy Report” by Lia Purpura.

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For Eula Biss in “The Balloonists,” a book about family and fractures and the mother who left, the empathetic imagination emerges from an exploration of insufficient evidence.

Finding empathy in the essay

Pages About Blogroll WordPress. When Purpura successfully aligns our sight with hers, the combined power of that vision evokes much more than image. In her essay ‘On Aesthetics,’ Purpura provides a metaphoric key instructing readers how to read this book.

I tell her how, this time, I will rush down the four flights of stairs and put my body between them. Asleep below deck when a freighter hit and the river rose inside their tug. Very funny and weirdly prupura question!

I try not to think too hard about how I do what I do. Her empathic imagination is a historian, a chronicler. Poetry in Review and Ploughshares Creative Nonfiction. She was almost always home, rreport if she wasn’t typing and she wasn’t in the garden and she wasn’t putting bread in the oven, what was she doing?


Never have I ever read any stories written as great as hers and I think you can really tell that she put a lot of thought into each and every single word in each sentence. I also loved her use of concrete details- a few people already have mentioned her descriptions of the bodies in the morgue, which sutopsy stuck out to me. The men asleep, the river rising: Purpura did this with all of the pieces we read and did a wonderful job about it.

She did a good job of showing, but it was an unpleasant image.

Lia Purpura’s “Autopsy Report”

Empathy requires knowing you know nothing. Her perceptions of things like death and family are presented in such a deeper way that it wakes you really think in a new light.

Redemption comes from looking. Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination. High above the water, it rises like a silver baton, presses itself against the blue August sky, and refuses to drop back down.

With all of her word choices, I could definitely see the poetic side of Lia Purpura. It’s easy to see inside the human body in “Autopsy Report,” even if you never have seen another representation or real life cadaver. D’Ambrosio, the author, is now in perpetual pursuit:.

Michelle Buesking October 11, at 9: As the assistants slice open the first body, strangely, Lia describes her mood as calm. I hear a steady lilting through your lyric essays that suggests the same thing might be at work in prose. My father doesn’t know I do this, and he probably wouldn’t care or even understand, and really, I have no idea why this lunatic errand matters to me, beyond the foolish belief that, one of these days, when I reach the lake’s edge, I will find him, I mean literally find him, still there, an eleven year old boy, cold and alone, with nowhere else to run.


She has wakened to a fight in a street. At first the way she described it was so abstract that I couldn’t understand what was happening just like the mother couldn’t understand what was happening. I thought that the first piece we read, Autopsy Report, was actually really gross.

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In opening her eyes, Purpura has opened her heart. The girl is Catholic with waist-length brown hair. Just look, she pleads. I can see lots of similarities between the two.

Something was so comforting and chilling about that thought while I read the story.