Awake, Dorianne Laux's first book of poetry, is introduced by Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine for a reason: It's a near-perfect, emotionally haunting book—one which follows a narrative trajectory that touches upon the speaker's ability to endure the cruelties of parental abuse, and maturation into womanhood, alongside the joy's of noticing everyday details and using the imagination and a fearless poetic voice to confront—if not escape—suffering's violent hand.
|Publisher:||Carnegie-Mellon University Press|
|Series:||Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|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 ContentsForeword
Two Pictures of My Sister
What My Father Told Me
Quarter to Six
The Tooth Fairy
When I Was Born
On the River
Girl in the Doorway
On the Back Porch
Water Street Bridge
Adam's Dad Teaches the Kids to Play Ball
The Children's Train
What People are Saying About This
“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.”
"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."
“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.”