Poetry. The poems of A CLOCK WITH NO HANDS celebrate, with all the rust and anger in a dying mill town, the author's memories and experiences growing up in Lowell, Massachusetts in the 1940s and 50s. "His language is clear, without tricks or fancy moves, yet his directness is powerful, and the effect are human" - Paul Zimmer. "In these poems there is a finite and definable portrait of a time and a city. The city was the ethnic Lowell, Massachusetts where and when both Jack Kerouac and Anne Sexton attended high school. The poetry itself is a terrific read and I had both the nostalgic and the proverbial time of my life reading this book, including the contents page, twice over. Further, for those Kerouac fans not lucky enough to be from Lowell, the book is a must buy, must have, must read" - Michael Casey.
From 1970 to 1994, Sexton taught English and creative writing at the University of Alaska - Anchorage where he established the creative writing program and served as English Department chair for several years. He was a founding editor of the Alaska Quarterly Review, leaving the magazine when in retired in 1994. He was appointed Alaska's Poet Laureate in 1995. He is the author of eight books of poetry. His latest is A Clock With No Hands, Adastra 2007, a collection of poems about growing up in Lowell, Massachusetts. Sexton and his wife, Sharyn, spend every other winter in Eastport, Maine.