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Child Made of Sand: Poems (12 Edition)

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"[Lux is] sui generis, his own kind of poet, unlike any of the fashions of his time." – Stanley Kunitz

Thomas Lux is humorous, edgy, and ever surprising in The Cradle Place, his tenth collection of verse. These fifty-two poems question language and intention and the sometimes untidy connections between the human and natural worlds. Lux has long been an outspoken advocate for the relevance of poetry in American culture, and his voice is urgent and unrelentingly evocative. As Sven Birkerts has noted, “Lux may be one of the poets on whom the future of the genre depends.”

“A book full of arresting images . . . The natural world, as it appears here, is at first lovely . . . but turns out dangerously vanquished . . . Not since Plath has hysteria looked this kissable." – San Francisco Chronicle

“Lux has a gift for the swiftly turned expression . . . Such immediacy and quirkiness will hold a reader." – Poetry

"Readers will be mesmerized." – Poetry Book of the Year, Library Journal

THOMAS LUX holds the Bourne Chair in Poetry and is director of the McEver Visiting Writers Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been awarded three NEA grants and the Kingsley Tufts Award, and is a former Guggenheim Fellow. He lives in Atlanta.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

One of the New York Public Library's 25 "Books to Remember" in 1997 Lux comments on the absurd, the pathetic, and the commonplace in our culture, writing with compassion as well as satire. He is "singular among his peers in his ability to convey with a deceptive lightness the paradoxes of human emotion," says Publishers Weekly, and Robert Hass, in the Washington Post Book World, takes special note of Lux's "bitter wit, the kind of irony that comes with a quick, impatient intelligence."

Synopsis:

God Particles displays the distinctive originality and unpredictability that prompted the Washington Post Book World to name Lux one of this generations most gifted poets. A satiric edge, tempered by profound compassion, cuts through many of the poems in Luxs book. While themes of intolerance, inhumanity, loss, and a deep sense of mortality mark these poems, a lighthearted grace instills even the somberest moments with unexpected sweetness. In the title poem Lux writes, “theres no reason for God to feel guilt / I think He was downhearted, weary, too weary / to be angry anymore . . . / He wanted each of us, / and all the things we touch . . . / to have a tiny piece of Him / though we are unqualified, / of even the crumb of a crumb.” Dark, humorous, and strikingly imaginative, this is Luxs most compassionate work to date.

Synopsis:

The Street of Clocks, Thomas Lux's first all-new collection since 1994, is a significant addition to the work of an utterly original, highly accomplished poet. The poems gathered here are delivered by a narrator who both loves the world and has intense quarrels with it. Often set against vivid landscapes - the rural America of Lux's childhood and unidentified places south of the border - these poems speak from rivers and swamps, deserts and lawns, jungles and the depths of the sea.

About the Author

Thomas Lux holds the Bourne Chair in Poetry and is the director of the McEver Visiting Writers Program at Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been awarded three NEA grants and the Kingsley Tufts Award and is a former Guggenheim Fellow. He lives in Atlanta.

Table of Contents

I

The Moths Who Come in the Night to Drink Our Tears 3

The Little Three-Handed Engine That Could 4

The Chairman of Naught 6

You and Your Ilk 7

The Drunken Forest 8

The Underappreciated Pontooniers 9

Nietzsche Throws His Arms Around the Neck of a Dray Horse 10

Scriptus Interruptus 11

A Frozen Ball of Rattlesnakes 12

The Queen of Truth 13

A Delivery of Dung 14

II

Elegy 19

Since Death and Its Sequelae 20

Every Time Someone Masturbates God Kills a Kitten 22

West Shining Tree 23

From Whom All Blessings Flow 24

The Probabilist 26

Rue de la Vieille Lanterne 27

Like Tiny Baby Jesus, in Velour Pants, Sliding down

Your Throat (A Belgian Euphemism) 28

Not the Same Kind of Mud as in “Two Tramps in Mud Time” 30

Ermine Noose 31

Why 32

III

Madsong 35

The Riverine Farmers 36

The Anti-Lunarian League 38

Penultimatum 39

Boy Born with Small Knife in His Head 40

Graves Rented by the Hour 41

Dendrochronologist Blues 42

The Goldfish Room (Where the Cops

Beat You in the Head with a Phonebook) 44

The River of Nuts 46

Baby Madsong 48

IV

Hatrack 51

Fishing 52

Soup Teachers, 54

The Hunchback Farmhand 55

Ladys Slipper 56

Bricks Sinking in Deep Water 57

Dead Horse 58

Fox 60

A Walk in the Woods with Shotguns 62

Outline for My Memoir 64

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547580982
Author:
Lux, Thomas
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
General Poetry
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
One of the New York Public Library's 25 "Books to Remember" in 1997 Lux comments on the absurd, the pathetic, and the commonplace in our culture, writing with compassion as well as satire. He is "singular among his peers in his ability to convey with a deceptive lightness the paradoxes of human emotion," says Publishers Weekly, and Robert Hass, in the Washington Post Book World, takes special note of Lux's "bitter wit, the kind of irony that comes with a quick, impatient intelligence."
"Synopsis" by ,
God Particles displays the distinctive originality and unpredictability that prompted the Washington Post Book World to name Lux one of this generations most gifted poets. A satiric edge, tempered by profound compassion, cuts through many of the poems in Luxs book. While themes of intolerance, inhumanity, loss, and a deep sense of mortality mark these poems, a lighthearted grace instills even the somberest moments with unexpected sweetness. In the title poem Lux writes, “theres no reason for God to feel guilt / I think He was downhearted, weary, too weary / to be angry anymore . . . / He wanted each of us, / and all the things we touch . . . / to have a tiny piece of Him / though we are unqualified, / of even the crumb of a crumb.” Dark, humorous, and strikingly imaginative, this is Luxs most compassionate work to date.
"Synopsis" by ,
The Street of Clocks, Thomas Lux's first all-new collection since 1994, is a significant addition to the work of an utterly original, highly accomplished poet. The poems gathered here are delivered by a narrator who both loves the world and has intense quarrels with it. Often set against vivid landscapes - the rural America of Lux's childhood and unidentified places south of the border - these poems speak from rivers and swamps, deserts and lawns, jungles and the depths of the sea.
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