Monday, April 7, 2008

This Thursday at UCI: Thomas Lux

Thomas Lux has published ten books of poetry, including God Particles, just out from Houghton Mifflin. The Bourne Chair in Poetry at Georgia Tech, he has also taught at Iowa, Columbia, Michigan, Oberlin, Sarah Lawrence, the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and UCI. He has won many awards for his work, including the Kingsley Tufts Award, three National Endowment for the Arts grants, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

This Thursday, April 10, he'll be reading at 7:00PM in the Humanities Instructional Building, Room 110.


Sponsored by the Department of English and the MFA Programs in Writing.


By Thomas Lux:

The Road That Runs Beside The River

follows the river as it bends
along the valley floor,
going the way it must go.
Where water goes, goes the road,
if there's room (not in a ravine,
gorge) the river
on your right, or left. Left is better,
it's over your elbow across
the road, when you're driving.
You see the current — which is
what the river is : the river
in the river, a thing sliding faster foward
inside a thing sliding not so fast forward.
Driving with, beside, the river's flow is good;
another pleasure driving against it: it's the same river
someone else will see
somewhere downstream: same play,
new theater, different set.
Wide, shallow, fairly fast,
roundy stone streamed; stony-land river,
it turns there or here — the ground
telling it so — draining dull
mountains to the north,
migrating, feeding a few hard-fleshed fish
who live in it. One small sandbar splits
the river, then it loops left,
the road right, and the silver of it
slips under the trees,
into the forest
and over the sharp perpendicular
edge of the earth.


Anonymous said...

Aarggh! If I weren't teaching AND performing, er, being evaluated, I'd be there. With bells on. In silent mode, of course.
Lots of luck to Lux - Anteaters listen to poetry?
Sonic Wendy

Robbi said...

He was wonderfully unpretentious. I suppose it was a sort of slight to put him in a room where there was hardly enough room to turn around. People had to be turned away. No refreshments either.
Too bad.

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