The Street of Clocks: Poems

The Street of Clocks Poems The Street of Clocks Thomas Lux s first all new collection since is a significant addition to the work of an utterly original highly accomplished poet The poems gathered here are delivered by

  • Title: The Street of Clocks: Poems
  • Author: Thomas Lux
  • ISBN: 9780618257508
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Street of Clocks, Thomas Lux s first all new collection since 1994, is a significant addition to the work of an utterly original, highly accomplished poet The poems gathered here are delivered by a narrator who both loves the world and has intense quarrels with it Often set against vivid landscapes the rural America of Lux s childhood and unidentified places southThe Street of Clocks, Thomas Lux s first all new collection since 1994, is a significant addition to the work of an utterly original, highly accomplished poet The poems gathered here are delivered by a narrator who both loves the world and has intense quarrels with it Often set against vivid landscapes the rural America of Lux s childhood and unidentified places south of the border these poems speak from rivers and swamps, deserts and lawns, jungles and the depths of the sea.

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    About “Thomas Lux

    • Thomas Lux

      Acclaimed poet and teacher Thomas Lux began publishing haunted, ironic poems that owed much to the Neo surrealist movement in the 1970s Critically lauded from his first book Memory s Handgrenade 1972 , Lux s poetry has gradually evolved towards a direct treatment of immediately available, though no less strange, human experience Often using ironic or sardonic speakers, startlingly apt imagery, careful rhythms, and reaching into history for subject matter, Lux has created a body of work that is at once simple and complex, wildly imaginative and totally relevant Lux is vocal about the tendency in contemporary poetry to confuse difficulty with originality In an interview with Cerise Press, Lux stated There s plenty of room for strangeness, mystery, originality, wildness, etc in poems that also invite the reader into the human and alive center about which the poem circles Known for pairing humor with sharp existentialism, Lux commented in the Los Angeles Times, I like to make the reader laugh and then steal that laugh, right out of the throat Because I think life is like that, tragedy right alongside humor Born in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1946 to working class parents, Lux attended Emerson College and the University of Iowa Lux s first collections, including Memory s Handgrenade and Sunday Poems 1979 , were grounded in the Neo Surrealist techniques of contemporaries like James Tate and Bill Knott Contemporary Poets contributor Richard Damashek wrote that Lux s early work was intensely personal tormented and tortured, full of complex and disjointed images reflecting an insane and inhospitable world Such early Lux s poems were often portraits of a solo native always strange to the world, observed Elizabeth Macklin in Parnassus, always on the verge of extradition, always beset with allergies to the native element, like a simple vase not tolerating water With Half Promised Land 1986 , Lux began the turn that characterizes much of his later work The book foregoes many of the surrealist techniques of Sunday and focuses instead on an increasingly careful and accurate depiction of the real world In later books like The Drowned River 1990 and the Kingsley Tufts award winning Split Horizon 1994 , Lux utilizes a conversational tone to describe what one reviewer called the invisible millions populating the poems Describing his own progress in an interview with the Cortland Review, he said I kind of drifted away from Surrealism and the arbitrariness of that I got interested in subjects, identifiable subjects other than my own angst or ennui or things like that I got better and better, I believe, at the craft I paid and attention to the craft Making poems rhythmical and musical and believable as human speech and as distilled and tight as possible is very important to me I started looking outside of myself a lot for subjects I read a great deal of history, turned outward as opposed to inward Lux s other collections include New and Selected Poems 1975 1995 1997 , The Street of Clocks 2001 , The Cradle Place 2004 and God Particles 2008 , a collection Elizabeth Hoover described as lucid and morally urgent in the Los Angeles Times Thomas Lux taught at Sarah Lawrence for over twenty years and is affiliated with the Warren Wilson MFA program currently the Bourne chair in poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology, he is a renowned teacher In the Cortland Review interview, he described teaching s greatest rewards you see people get excited by poetry You see their lives changed by poetry You see someone beginning to learn how to articulate and express themselves in this very tight art form, in this very distilled manner You see all sorts and hear all sorts of really human stuff, really human business His many awards and honors include the Kinglsley Tufts Poetry Award, a Guggenheim fel



    760 thoughts on “The Street of Clocks: Poems

    • In the wake of Tom's sudden death, I reread some of the books I don't know quite so well. This book captures Lux in all his ironic, somewhat off kilter, darkly humorous poems that he manages to pack with pathos and a wry shaking of the head at what it means to be human--our cruelty and hipocrisy and joy.


    • Zigga zagga!I was luxy to grab this slender hardback from the old 8th floor of the public library. Hurmmp, hurmmph, just cleaning my throat. Ol Lux is one of those subject orientated poets (think Szymborska only funnier and not as good). Subject as center. As, "Poet, do a take on the thing would ya." He leans on descriptions and therefor is somewhat, old fashioned as far as fashion goes. He is funny though. I liked the poems,"Can it, Ralph, can't you see the herbivores are cranky?""Shelf Life: A [...]


    • I’m not sure if it’s because I hold Lux to a high standard, my mood at the time, or if it was the material, but it took me a little while to get into The Street of Clocks. The first poem I really enjoyed was “The Handsome Swap” (9). The childish tone paired with personification and then a slight dark twist made it both accessible and intriguing. In general, I would say that is one of Lux’s main strengths. He imagines extremely strange scenarios but then some how manages to make them re [...]


    • It's not often that a book of poetry leaves me feeling detached.Thomas Lux was recommended to me by several people whose judgement I trust, so I added him to my 'to-read' list and started with this one. I'm not sure I chose well. It's not that I felt that there was no talent behind the verse. It's just that most of the time when I would finish a poem in this collection, I would just move on to the next one, unaffected.That said, the poem at the end of the collection, "The Corner of Paris and Por [...]


    • This collection didn't impress me the way that God Particles did. There were some great descriptions and rhymeschemes, but overall the language seemed a bit too editorial and angry. I came away from the poems with a lack of substance.


    • Thomas Lux rocks my socks off. "The Voice You Hear When You Read Silently" is one of my favorite poems. I could talk about it for a long time, but then you would probably get bored. It's worth a read. Philosophy of Language in poetry. A nerd's paradise.


    • This is one of the most awesome book of poemsthat I have ever picked up. Lux has written apage turner; I find myself burning through thepages to get to the next great poem. I'm ontohis book, Split Horizon," next.


    • I read some of these and was not impressed, and with the list of things I want to read I just figured I didn't have time to read something that didn't engage my intrest within the first few poems.


    • Lux writes a style of poetry I enjoy: focusing primarily on painting brief narratives. But none of the poems spoke to me deeply; I won't carry them with me the way I do the work of some other poets.



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