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The Book of Men


Dorianne Laux (Author, North Carolina State University)

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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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • August 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34265-9
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 96 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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  1. Book CoverThe Book of Men: Poems


Endorsements & Reviews

“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

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