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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887485732
Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Series: Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 761,252
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

DORIANNE LAUX is the author of several collections of poetry, including What We Carry, Facts about the Moon, and The Book of Men winner of The Paterson Prize. She teaches at North Carolina State University and is founding faculty for Pacific University’s low-residency MFA program.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Ghosts
Two Pictures of My Sister
Augusta
What My Father Told Me
The Nurse
The Twins
Quarter to Six
The Tooth Fairy
Skipping Stones
When I Was Born
Awake
On the River
Return
Girl in the Doorway
Break
Bird
On the Back Porch
Cross Country
Water Street Bridge
Thaw
China
The Laundromat
Adam's Dad Teaches the Kids to Play Ball
The Children's Train
Jennifer
The Catch
The Garden
Sunday
Acknowledgments

What People are Saying About This

Adrienne Rich

“I’m drawn to the tough, sensual voice of Dorianne Laux, for the way she loads her poems with physical details that add up to more than their sum, her visions of working-class lives, family solidarity, and violence, of how the end of the world might come to a woman reaching for a doorknob in the nuclear age.”

Philip Levine

"Awake is a book written with enormous precision and beauty. It has such confidence in its authority, it overstates nothing. Sculptured, economical, tough, possessing a vision informed by experience and compassion, this is an astonishingly mature first book, the wisest I have read in years."

Peter Makuck

“Not always funny, not always pretty, Dorianne Laux’s poems nonetheless pulse with vivid colors, are full of passion and sympathy. Awake makes us consider virtue and vice, ugliness and beauty in new ways, and its carefully crafted language provides revelations large and small.”

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