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From The Critics"People are getting a little sick of this ivory-tower, incredibly obscure poetry that makes them feel stupid," Lux once told me. "Poets themselves are taking the responsibility of trying to reestablish an audience and really speak to people and not be so inward and so private." While many contemporary poets attempt to reproduce a bemused and wry postmodern humor, few of them manage to capture what audiences can readily recognize as lived life. Lux, however, lives up to his convictions. Lux has a knack for discovering riches in the plainest, most immediate language. In this collection, poems about the heart's various affections and irritations inspire imaginative yet accessible worlds (you feel, for instance, as if you know the boy who lives next door to the obsessive guy who is always mowing his lawn in "The Man Into Whose Yard You Should Not Hit Your Ball"). The kind of self-absorbed language that often keeps readers at a distance cannot be found in this lovely collection of poems, in which the unexpected is blended with the familiar.