What we carry: poems
Dorianne Laux's poetry is a poetry of risk; it goes to the very edge of extinction to find the hard facts that need to be sung. What We Carry includes poems of survival, poems of healing, poems of affirmation and poems of celebration. Sculptured, fluid and generous, they reveal a poet whose vision is informed by experience and caring. Of her poetry and poetic odyssey, critic William O'Daly writes: "It seems that Ms. Laux has chosen to witness what she must on her journey, in some way reliving and weaving together who she was and who she is to fully reclaim her body and soul ... The poems seem to have been well prepared for, born of years of hard work, careful listening, patience, until all the notes rang true." That attention to precision of image, language and sound, that pursuit of honesty and love is What We Carry - our lives, worth having, and worth transforming.
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I laughed...I cried...I blushed and wanted a cigarette. From the sentimental (in a good way) "For My Daughter Who Loves Animanls," to the super-sexy "The Lovers," Laux is a joy to read. She'd be a friendly gateway into poetry for anyone who doesn't have a lot of experience with the genre. Read full review