The Street of Clocks: Poems

The Street of Clocks: Poems

by Thomas Lux
     
 

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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

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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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KLIATT
Thomas Lux is one of the most innovative and noteworthy voices in American poetry today, an author whose work is never at risk of being stereotypical or conventional. Even his titles, which often serve as the first lines of poems, are uniquely intriguing: "A Bird, Whose Wingtips Were on Fire," and "Unlike, for Example, the Sound / of a Riptooth Saw." Lux is daring in language: over 25 percent of the poem "Bonehead" consists of that same word, and he is precise, vivid, even startling in his descriptions. "But if a ball crossed his line, / as one did in 1956 / and another in 1958, / it came back coleslaw —..." Yet it is his effective understatement, his unusual juxtaposition of the apparently outrageous or absurd with the contemporarily relevant, that distinguishes his work. For example, his poem "Plague Victims Catapulted / Over Walls Into Besieged City," starts with the lines "Early germ / warfare..." Combined with his calm, factual approach to the unlikely, irony is one of his strengths. "Look: there goes / Larry the Shoemaker, barefoot, over the wall..." The Street of Clocks is another in a long line of publications by one of the truly imaginative and daring poets of our era, a risk taker always working skillfully at the border of chaos. It serves as a reaffirmation that the work of Thomas Lux is fearless and individual, anything but predictable. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Houghton Mifflin, 51p.,
— James Beschta

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547346854
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
02/12/2003
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
File size:
119 KB

Meet 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.

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