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Smoke (American Poets Continuum: 62) [Paperback]

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Pages   72
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.07" Width: 6.09" Height: 0.23"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2000
Publisher   BOA Editions Ltd.
ISBN  1880238861  
EAN  9781880238868  

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Dorianne Laux's long-awaited third book of poetry follows her collection, What We Carry, a finalist for the 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. In Smoke, Laux revisits familiar themes of family, working class lives and the pleasures of the body in poetry that is vital and artfully crafted-poetry that "gets hard in the face of aloofness," in the words of one reviewer. In Smoke, as in her previous work, Laux weaves the warp and woof of ordinary lives into extraordinary and complex tapestries. In "The Shipfitter's Wife," a woman recalls her husband's homecoming at the end of his work day:

Then I'd open his clothes and take
the whole day inside me-the ship's
gray sides, the miles of copper pipe,
the voice of the foreman clanging
off the hull's silver ribs. Spark of lead
kissing metal. The clamp, the winch,
the white fire of the torch, the whistle,
and the long drive home.

And in the title poem, Laux muses on her own guilty pleasures:
Who would want to give it up, the coal
a cat's eye in the dark room, no one there
but you and your smoke, the window
cracked to street sounds, the distant cries
of living things. Alone, you are almost
safe . . .

With her keen ear and attentive eye, Dorianne Laux offers us a universe with which we are familiar, but gives it to us fresh.

Dorianne Laux is the author of two previous collections of poetry from BOA Editions, Ltd., and is co-author, with Kim Addonizio, of The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Joys of Writing Poetry (W.W. Norton, 1997), chosen as an alternate selection by several bookclubs. A tenured professor in the creative writing program at the University of Oregon, Laux lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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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.

Dorianne Laux currently resides in the state of Oregon. Dorianne Laux has an academic affiliation as follows - North Carolina State University.

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Beautiful work. . .  Apr 2, 2007
If you love poetry filled with beautiful images, great concrete detail and deeper than just the words on the page, you'll love Dorianne Laux's Smoke. It is accessible poetry,wonderfully crafted and spiritual.

Excellent.  Jun 7, 2005
Dorianne Laux, Smoke (BOA Editions, 2000)

My last encounter with Dorianne Laux was almost twenty years ago, in an anthology called Three West Coast Women (Five Fingers Press, 1987). I picked it up in college, and decided after reading it that I wanted to check out more work by Dorianne Laux. Why it took me close to two decades I've no idea, but I finally have.

Smoke is a very, very good book. Laux is one of those poets who uses understatement, and uses it well, preferring to let the poem do the talking:

"When I arrive at the tollgate I have to make
myself stop thinking as I dig in my pockets
for the last of my coins, turn to the attendant,
indifferent in his blue smock, his white hair
curling like smoke around his weathered neck,
and say, Thank you, like an idiot, and drive
into the blinding midday light."
(--"Abschied Symphony")

This is definitely one to check out. ****
raw emotion  May 21, 2003
Dorianne Laux is a wonderful poet. I associate her with Kim Addonzio because of there manual on poetry the wrote together, The Poet's Companion, because they are friends, and because their work has a similar feel (though Laux doesn't write in meter and rhyme like Kim does sometimes). There is this raw emotion, but not just flopped on the page like so much bad poetry. In reading this collection, you see what a craftsman Laux is. Her poems feel raw, they feel spontaneous, but they are finely tuned pieces of art.

The book is divided into two sections, Smoke and Fire. The first section, Smoke, is the stronger section, with poems like "Ray at 14", "Prayer" "How It Will Happen, When" and others. The poems here feel like smoke when you read them. They touch you lightly, but powerfully, bringing forth all these images, sounds, smells, feelings. Like smoke, they sneak up on you, and then hurt you.

"What could be more sacred than her eyes,
fierce and complicated as the truth. Your life
rising behind them. Your name on her lips."

"Death comes to me again, a girl in a cotton slip"
--Death comes to me again, a girl

The second section doesn't differ much. The poems don't come raging at you like fire. No burning here. They are much more like smoke, but it does contain some great work, and has "The Shipfitter's Wife," a beautiful poem that was selected for the Best American Poetry 1999 by Robert Bly. I'm just surprised more of her work hasn't appeared there.

awake, with feeling  Jan 4, 2001
i was drawn to this book mainly because i have read laux's work before in anthologies. i loved the poems in this book because she writes poignantly about the everyday things in life and she takes on taboo subjects like sex and death and domestic violence and give them dignity. i am definately going to check out other works by her

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