The Street Of Clocks / Edition 1

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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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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618257508
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Edition description: None
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,003,188
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Cucumber Fields Crossed by High-Tension Wires 1
The Man into Whose Yard You Should Not Hit Your Ball 2
Plague Victims Catapulted over Walls into Besieged City 3
Bonehead 4
Beauty School 5
In the Bedroom above the Embalming Room 6
So We Can See the Snakes Coming 7
Thomas the Broken-Mouthed 8
The Handsome Swamp 9
The Blister Test 10
From Grade School Window, Watching Local Bookie Arrested 11
Grain Burning Far Away 12
The Doldrum Fracture Zone 13
The Nerve Doctors 14
The Poison Shirt 15
The Road That Runs Beside the River 16
A Kiss 17
A Bird, Whose Wingtips Were on Fire 18
Shotgun Loaded with Rock Salt 20
Slimehead (Hoplostethus atlanticus) 21
Pre-Cerebral 22
Salve 23
Jungleside 24
Regarding (Most) Songs 25
A Voiceless Parrot Learns to Read and Write and Play the Trumpet 26
Beggar's Bowl Stolen 27
A Man Gets Off Work Early 28
Baby, Still Crying, Swallowed by a Snake 29
Rommel's Asparagus 30
Plastic Castle in Goldfish Bowl 31
Stubblefield Dusted with Snow 32
The Downslope Winds 33
A Library of Skulls 34
Marine Snow at Mid-Depths and Down 36
An Erg 37
The War of Jenkins's Ear (1739-1741) 38
Lucky 39
The Fish-Strewn Fields 40
Shoreless 41
Unlike, for Example, the Sound of a Riptooth Saw 42
Cordon Sanitaire 43
Henry Clay's Mouth 44
The Language Animal 45
Pencil Box Shaped Like a Gun 46
The Corner of Paris and Porter 48
The Bandage Factory 50
Notes 51
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