The Cradle Place
By (author) Thomas Lux
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Cradle Place by Thomas Lux
Book DescriptionThe Cradle Place is the new collection from Thomas Lux, a self-described "recovering surrealist" and winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award. These fifty-two poems bring to full life the "refreshing iconoclasms" Rita Dove so admired in Lux's earlier work. His voice is plainspoken but moody, humorous and edgy, and ever surprising. These are philosophical poems that ask questions about language and intention, about the sometimes untidy connections between the human and natural worlds. In the poem "Terminal Lake," Lux undermines notions of benign nature, finding dark currents beneath the surface: "it's a huge black coin, / it's as if the real lake is drained / and this lake is the drain: gaping, language- / less, suck- and sinkhole." In the ominous "Render, Render," the narrator asks us to consider a concentration of the essences of our lives: all that is physical, spiritual, remembered, and dreamed for, melded together to make the messy self we present to the world. Lux's voice is intelligent without being bookish, urgent and unrelentingly evocative. He has long been a strong advocate for the relevance of poetry in American culture. The Los Angeles Times praises Lux for his "compelling rhythms, his biting irony, and his steady devotion to a craft that often seems thankless." As Sven Birkerts noted, "Lux may be one of the poets on whom the future of the genre depends."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780618619443
(210mm x 141mm x 6mm)
Imprint: Houghton Mifflin
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publish Date: 11-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Thomas Lux
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A selection of Bill Knott's life work--testimony of his enduring "thorny genius" (Robert Pinsky).
To the Left of Time, Paperback (June 2016)
A brilliant new collection of poems by Kingsley Tufts Award winning poet Thomas Lux"
Child Made of Sand, Hardback (November 2012)
In Child Made of Sand, Kingsley Tufts winner Thomas Lux demonstrates a restless energy to explore new territory while confirming his place in the pantheon of contemporary American poetry."
Beautiful in the Mouth, Paperback (April 2010)» View all books by Thomas Lux
Selected by Thomas Lux as the winner of the eighth annual A. Poulin, Jr., Poetry Prize.
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