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ISBN-10: 1880238861

ISBN-13: 9781880238868

Edition: 2000

Authors: Dorianne Laux, Max Braillier

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Dorianne Laux's long-awaited third book of poetry follows her collection, What We Carry, a finalist for the 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. In Smoke, Laux revisits familiar themes of family, working class lives and the pleasures of the body in poetry that is vital and artfully crafted-poetry that "gets hard in the face of aloofness," in the words of one reviewer. In Smoke, as in her previous work, Laux weaves the warp and woof of ordinary lives into extraordinary and complex tapestries. In "The Shipfitter's Wife," a woman recalls her husband's homecoming at the end of his work day: Then I'd open his clothes and take the whole day inside me-the ship's gray sides, the miles of copper pipe, the voice of the foreman clanging off the hull's silver ribs. Spark of lead kissing metal. The clamp, the winch, the white fire of the torch, the whistle, and the long drive home. And in the title poem, Laux muses on her own guilty pleasures: Who would want to give it up, the coal a cat's eye in the dark room, no one there but you and your smoke, the window cracked to street sounds, the distant cries of living things. Alone, you are almost safe . . . With her keen ear and attentive eye, Dorianne Laux offers us a universe with which we are familiar, but gives it to us fresh. Dorianne Laux is the author of two previous collections of poetry from BOA Editions, Ltd., and is co-author, with Kim Addonizio, of The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Joys of Writing Poetry (W.W. Norton, 1997), chosen as an alternate selection by several bookclubs. A tenured professor in the creative writing program at the University of Oregon, Laux lives in Eugene, Oregon.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: BOA Editions, Limited
Publication date: 10/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 65
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

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Death Comes to Me Again, a Girl
Ray at 14
Abschied Symphony
Stairway to Heaven
Even Music
Trying to Raise the Dead
The Word
How It Will Happen, When
The Line
The Shipfitter's Wife
The Student
Family Stories
Reetika Arranges My Closet
Oh, the Water
The Gardener
Neon Horses
The Orgasms of Organisms
Life Is Beautiful
About the Author