Only As the Day Is Long

New and Selected Poems

Dorianne Laux (Author, North Carolina State University)


A collection of new and selected works from a prize-winning poet known to bear compassionate and ruthless witness to the quotidian.

Drawing from five expansive volumes and including twenty new pieces, Only as the Day Is Long represents an astonishing, confident, and daring body of work from one of our most accomplished poets. Philip Levine praises Dorianne Laux for her poetry’s “enormous precision and beauty,” and B. H. Fairchild proclaims that her poems are “brought to the hard edge of meaning.” The new poems are odes to Laux’s mother, an extraordinary and ordinary woman of the Depression era. Exploring experiences of survival and healing, sexual love and celebration, Only as the Day Is Long shows Laux at the height of her powers.


That’s how it is sometimes—

God comes to your window,

all bright light and black wings,

and you’re just too tired to open it.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • Forthcoming January 2019
  • ISBN 978-0-393-65233-8
  • 6.1 × 9.3 in / 128 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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