Christina Pugh has published five books of poems including Stardust Media (University of Massachusetts Press, 2020), winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry; and Perception (Four Way Books, 2017), named one of the top poetry books of 2017 by Chicago Review of Books. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, Kenyon Review, Yale Review, and many other publications. A former Guggenheim fellow in poetry and Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, she is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
These poems are taken from a longer sequence titled The Right Hand, which was inspired by acupuncture, bodywork, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s sculpture of St. Teresa in Ecstasy in Rome. The Right Hand was a recent finalist for the National Poetry Series.