"[Lux is] sui generis, his own kind of poet, unlike any of the fashions of his time." Stanley Kunitz
Thomas Lux is humorous, edgy, and ever surprising in The Cradle Place, his tenth collection of verse. These fifty-two poems question language and intention and the sometimes untidy connections between the human and natural worlds. Lux has long been an outspoken advocate for the relevance of poetry in American culture, and his voice is urgent and unrelentingly evocative. As Sven Birkerts has noted, Lux may be one of the poets on whom the future of the genre depends.”
A book full of arresting images . . . The natural world, as it appears here, is at first lovely . . . but turns out dangerously vanquished . . . Not since Plath has hysteria looked this kissable." San Francisco Chronicle
Lux has a gift for the swiftly turned expression . . . Such immediacy and quirkiness will hold a reader." Poetry
"Readers will be mesmerized." Poetry Book of the Year, Library Journal
THOMAS LUX holds the Bourne Chair in Poetry and is director of the McEver Visiting Writers Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been awarded three NEA grants and the Kingsley Tufts Award, and is a former Guggenheim Fellow. He lives in Atlanta.
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Published August 6, 2007
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Literature & Fiction.