by Crystal, March 17, 2008 12:15 PM
Philip Levine aptly characterizes Dorianne Laux's writing as "gritty, tough, lyrical poems." In her newest book, Facts about the Moon, Laux writes of young women learning to be alive in the world. In the wonderful short poem "Moon in the Window," the speaker, refusing to romanticize her childhood, writes "It took me years to grow a heart / from paper and glue." Laux's poetry continually shows this tenacity to the real, to the tactile, which allows her poems to beat with their own vibrant life.