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Dorianne Laux's poetry is a poetry of risk; it goes to the very edge of extinction to find the hard facts that need to be sung. What We Carry includes poems of survival, poems of healing, poems of affirmation and poems of celebration. Sculptured, fluid and generous, they reveal a poet whose vision is informed by experience and caring. Of her poetry and poetic odyssey, critic William O'Daly writes: "It seems that Ms. Laux has chosen to witness what she must on her journey, in some way reliving and weaving together...
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Dorianne Laux's poetry is a poetry of risk; it goes to the very edge of extinction to find the hard facts that need to be sung. What We Carry includes poems of survival, poems of healing, poems of affirmation and poems of celebration. Sculptured, fluid and generous, they reveal a poet whose vision is informed by experience and caring. Of her poetry and poetic odyssey, critic William O'Daly writes: "It seems that Ms. Laux has chosen to witness what she must on her journey, in some way reliving and weaving together who she was and who she is to fully reclaim her body and soul ... The poems seem to have been well prepared for, born of years of hard work, careful listening, patience, until all the notes rang true." That attention to precision of image, language and sound, that pursuit of honesty and love is What We Carry - our lives, worth having, and worth transforming.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781880238066
  • Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Series: American Poets Continuum Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorianne Laux was born in 1952 in Augusta, Maine and is of Irish, French and Algonquin Indian heritage. In 1983 she moved to Berkeley, California where she began writing in earnest. Five years later she earned her B.A. degree in English from Mills College. Laux's first book of poems, Awake, published by BOA Editions in 1990, was nominated for the San Francisco Bay Area Book Critics Award for Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in numerous American journals and anthologies. She has received poetry fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, she teaches creative writing at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Late October 11
Dust 12
If This Is Paradise 13
What Could Happen 14
After Twelve Days of Rain 16
Aphasia 18
Graveyard at Hurd's Gulch 19
What We Carry 20
The Job 22
For the Sake of Strangers 23
What I Wouldn't Do 24
Singing Back the World 26
Balance 28
For My Daughter Who Loves Animals 33
Planning the Future 34
Finding What's Lost 35
Homecoming 36
The Aqueduct 37
Graffiti 38
Twelve 39
Matinee 40
The Ebony Chickering 42
Small Gods 44
Family Reunion 45
Each Sound 47
As It Is 51
Fast Gas 52
The Thief 54
Landrum's Diner, Reno 56
Sunday Radio 57
Enough Music 58
Kaleidoscope 59
This Close 60
Afterwards 61
2 AM 62
The Lovers 64
Kissing 66
Acknowledgments 68
About the Author 69
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2002

    great collection

    Adrienne Rich describes Dorianne Laux's poetry as 'tough, sensual...with physical details that add up to more than their sum...' It's what I like about Laux's poetry, she is sensual, sexual at the same time a tough woman. Her poetry is much like Kim Addonizio's, who is one of my favorite contemporary poets. And they are friends, so it is no surprise that Addonizio has lead me to Laux. Dorianne's poems range from poems about the innocence of childhood to the raw, sexual poems that close the volume. Dorianne Laux writes the kind of poetry that I love to read. I highly recommend her work, especially if you are a fan of Millay, Addonizio, Kate Light, or April Lindner.

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