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Poet Lucia Perillo dies at age 58

Poet Lucia Perillo dies at age 58

Lucia Perillo, a poet known for her sense of humor and her writing about living with multiple sclerosis, died on Oct. 16 at the age of 58 in Olympia, Wash., her publisher Copper Canyon Press confirms. Her most recent book, “Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones,” was published in February.

In 2000, she received a MacArthur “Genius” fellowship. The MacArthur Foundation praised her "signature voice … marked by an urban speed and a narrative style driven by characterization and drama" and her "emotionally rich and powerful poems."

Perillo was born in 1958, and was raised near New York City. She...