Synopses & Reviews
In her powerful fourth collection, Dorianne Laux once again strikes fire from neighborhood moments: a quiet street at dusk, a pool hall, a bare tree. Focusing on the grace of working people, she captures the pain and beauty of women in all their variety, caught in the "lunar pull" of our time.
"Laux's fluent and likable first person shoots straight on sex, relationships and American adulthood in this substantial and unusually various fourth collection. The Oregon poet opens with a funny, compassionate political poem about urban mass transit, segues to 'Vacation Sex' ('We've been at it all summer') and then to a meditation on the flag of Alaska, designed (as Laux explains) by a 13-year-old orphan 78 years ago. If she casts a wide net for subjects, Laux (Smoke) shows equal breadth with her free verse forms; the most accomplished tend to use long lines, and to digress, tersely and thoughtfully, from their narrative threads. Describing her marriage, her Western travels and her erotic history as girl and woman, Laux works in the idiom of Philip Levine and Sharon Olds, yet Laux's best verse is perhaps more surprising than theirs: if she occasionally sounds lugubrious, more often she makes 'new cells pungent with the old codes.' Laux has not invented a new style, but she has improved the one she has: 'It took me years to grow a heart,' Laux quips, 'from paper and glue'; her verse certainly draws on it." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Laux writes gritty, tough, lyrical poems that depict the actual nature of life in the West today." Philip Levine
"Dorianne Laux has a gift for finding the extraordinary within the ordinary. It's this ability that makes the West Coast poet's fourth and most recent collection, Facts About the Moon, so remarkable and moving." Kansas City Star
About the Author
Dorianne Laux lives in Eugene, Oregon, and teaches at the University of Oregon. She is coauthor with Kim Addonizio of The Poet's Companion.