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Circus Days and Nights

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Jack Kerouac called Robert Lax "one of the great original voices of our times...a Pilgrim in search of beautiful innocence, writing lovingly, finding it, simply, in his own way". Though many hold him to be one of the greatest American poets of this century, Lax has maintained a low profile, living and writing in seclusion on the Greek island of Patmos. In Circus Poems, Lax ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published January 15th 2001 by Overlook Books
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Aug 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
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Lax is quite simply a stylistic innovator, along with his university pals Thomas Merton and Ad Reinhardt, each of whom took their expression of their philosophical ideas of simplicity and crafted them into poetry, theology, and painting, respectively. This volume is a collection of Lax's early 60's poetry, the last decipherable poetry he published before a series of abstract expressionist poems, examples of which follow:

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Tristan
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This was very good. the religious undertones were, at times, a bit much (The circus is all creation, and the church, and the performers are healing priests) but these themes are brilliantly realized. The first two sections, "Circus of the Sun" and "Mogador's Book," are more enjoyable than "Voyage to Pescara" but all three are fun. I love the tender affection that Robert shows for his friend, Mogador, in those first two sections. It was (as far as I know) just friendship, and it was pure and deep ...more
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Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I opened to the Morning Stars and knew Lax would be one of those poets walking with me for months. The beauty and freedom of life
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