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DORIANNE LAUX’s most recent collection is The Book of Men (W.W. Norton) which won the Paterson Prize for Poetry. Her fourth book of poems, Facts about the Moon (W.W. Norton), is the recipient of the Oregon Book Award, chosen by Ai. It was also short-listed for the 2006 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for the most outstanding book of poems published in the United States and chosen by the Kansas City Star as a noteworthy book of 2005. A finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle Award, Laux is also author of three collections of poetry from BOA Editions, Awake (1990) introduced by Philip Levine, What We Carry (1994) and Smoke (2000). Red Dragonfly Press released The Book of Women in 2012. Co-author of The Poet's Companion, she’s the recipien...more


Dorianne Laux
Norton, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-393-07955-5

In her newest collection, The Book of Men, Dorianne Laux solidifies her standing as one of the most gifted poets writing today. Fans of her previous work will find an even greater range in this new book as she exposes the reader to fresh terrain with her unmistakable charm and genius. The scop... Read more of this blog post »
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What We Carry
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Facts About the Moon
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The Book of Men
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Superman: The Chapbook
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The Book of Women
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وحيدة في غرفة أمسح الغبار
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 21 ratings — published 2009
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Dark Charms
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“Maybe it's what we don't say/that saves us.”
Dorianne Laux, What We Carry

“Good writing works from a simple premise: your experience is not yours alone, but in some sense a metaphor for everyone's.”
Dorianne Laux, The Poet's Companion: A Guide To The Pleasures Of Writing Poetry

“You've walked those streets a thousand times and still
you end up here. Regret none of it, not one
of the wasted days you wanted to know nothing,
when the lights from the carnival rides
were the only stars you believed in, loving them
for their uselessness, not wanting to be saved.
You've traveled this far on the back of every mistake,
ridden in dark-eyed and morose but calm as a house
after the TV set has been pitched out the upstairs
window. Harmless as a broken ax. Emptied
of expectation. Relax. Don't bother remembering
any of it. Let's stop here, under the lit sign
on the corner, and watch all the people walk by.”
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Dorianne Laux Karla wrote: "Thanks, Dorianne. I need to catch up on your latest two books! :)


Thanks Karla-- Need to add some more favs to my goodreads page. Hope you are doing well. --d

message 20: by Karla

Karla Merrifield Thanks, Dorianne. I need to catch up on your latest two books! :)


Dorianne Laux Thank you, Josh. Welcome! I see your mentor is Koon. Send him my best.

message 18: by Josh

Josh Thank you so much for your friendship and your poetry. What We Carry was one of my favorite reads this year.

message 17: by Mia

Mia Hi Dorianne,

Thank you for your friendship.


Dorianne Laux Hey James- Glad to hear you're doing better and back out on the poetry trail. Welcome.

message 15: by D.

D. Smith Dear Dorianne,
Glad to be befriended. I remain, as always, a fan.
D. James Smith

Dorianne Laux Damn. Omeros! You are persistent. Have you read Larry Levis?
How are you??

message 13: by Jesse

Jesse fourmy DL - i need to order some new books. i'm still working on OMEROS!!!!!!!!!! that's been my interisland flight companion for the past year. in them meantime, i'm plugging away with a bunch of g-stern. i hope you all are well. much love and aloha a hui hou.

message 12: by Gail

Gail Koger Hey Dorianne

I need chocolate! Got any?


Dorianne Laux Oh yes, the Frank O'Hara piece. Glad you liked it. I love O'Hara.

message 10: by Nina

Nina page 59
Writing From a Lived Life

Dorianne Laux Hello Nina- You know, I got my Feb issue and actually couldn't find my article. Is it on Ruth Stone? What page is it on? Must be hiding from me.

message 8: by Nina

Nina I enjoyed your article in the Feb issue of Writer's Digest

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Dorianne and thanks for the add. BTW I love your name. Hope you have a wonderful Halloween.

Andrea Kulman Hi & thank you for being a friend on Good Reads! Have a GREAT Halloween!

message 5: by Jesse

Jesse fourmy hi there, joe's angel-lady. i'm mending the heart your poems broke - one poem at a time. i started one this morning so i guess i ain't doing too bad and i can't wait to git my mits on yer chapbook (the first tattoo i ever got was the Superman symbol on my left shoulder when i turned 18 - i was something else back when..haha!). much aloha from the long-windedest bastard in the middle of the pacific.

Dorianne, I've added What We Carry, Facts About the Moon, Smoke, Awake and last but not least your book Superman: The Chapbook to my to-read list.

message 3: by Cindy

Cindy Joy Hey Dorianne.

Great to see you here. Onward!

You look lovely.


Dorianne Laux Oh god, yes. They will win, and we will go down fast.
Did you ever read Brazzaville Beach? Each chapter is
prefaced with the zero sum game.

message 1: by Daniel (last edited Oct 10, 2007 09:34AM)

Daniel The viral problem, Dorianne, will never leave because viruses replicate and change their versions far faster than man. So if this is as mathematicians call it a zero sum game then the viruses should in the final analysis eventually win.

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