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      All This Life

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Dorianne Lauxs 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 Shipfitters Wife," a woman recalls her husbands homecoming at the end of his work day:

Then Id open his clothes and take

the whole day inside me—the ships

gray sides, the miles of copper pipe,

the voice of the foreman clanging

off the hulls 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 cats 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 Poets Companion: A Guide to the Joys of Writing Poetry (W.W. Norton, 1997), chosen as an alternate selection by several bookclubs. Laux was the judge for the 2012 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Contest, and is a tenured professor in the creative writing program at the University of Oregon. Laux lives in Eugene, Oregon.


Laux weaves the warp and woof of ordinary life into extraordinary and complex tapestries.


In her long awaited third book of poetry, Laux revisits familiar themes of family, working class lives, and the pleasures of the body.

About the Author

Dorianne Laux was born in 1952 in Augusta, Maine and is of Irish, French and Algonquin Indian heritage. In 1983 she moved to Berkeley, California where she began writing in earnest. Five years later she earned her B.A. degree in English from Mills College. Laux's first book of poems, Awake, published by BOA Editions in 1990, was nominated for the San Francisco Bay Area Book Critics Award for Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in numerous American journals and anthologies. She has received poetry fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, she teaches creative writing at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.

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Laux, Dorianne
B O a Editions, Limited
Rochester, NY
American - General
General Poetry
Poetry-A to Z
Single Author / American
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1st ed.
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American Poets Continuum Series
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Bd. 1vol. 62
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9 x 6 x 0.2 in 4 oz

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