The Book of Men: Poems (Paperback)

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“Dorianne Laux dares to parse her life through the prism of men who’ve passed through it.” —New York Times

Dorianne Laux’s fifth collection of poetry peels back time to the summer of love and the Vietnam War. Her keen hindsight uncovers the humanity at the center of conflict with language that goes straight to the heart. This work stands as an elegy for the loss of innocence, an homage to the glimmer underneath the urban grunge, and a love song to the imperfections that unite and divide us. Laux possesses what Tony Hoagland calls “the brave art of looking,” with an immediate and compassionate touch.

About the Author

Dorianne Laux teaches poetry in the Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and is a founding faculty member of Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA Program. A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and a recipient of the Paterson Prize, she lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Praise For…

Laux’s superb language and use of metaphor read as insightful and effortless.
— Time Out New York

Laux at her best. She’s witty, engaging, and candid…Echoes of Whitman are everywhere in The Book of Men. Both Whitman and Laux are profoundly democratic poets. Anyone can live in their poems, and their poems can live anywhere.

— The Rumpus

[Laux is] continually engaging and, at her best, luminous.
— San Diego Union-Tribune

The Book of Men…makes us grateful once again for poetry's capacity for rescue.

— B. H. Fairchild

The poetry of Dorianne Laux is essential.
— Nick Flynn

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393342659
ISBN-10: 0393342654
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: August 6th, 2012
Pages: 96
Language: English