Thirty Seven Years From the Stone (Pitt Poetry Series)

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This poetry collection delivers an exploration of the vagaries, ironies and responsibilities of familial and romantic relationships. It probes the evolution of self, self-consciousness, and the interior psychological landscape - the effects of our past patterns and influences on the present.

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"These poems are alive with people getting by, loving, failing, making the gestures which define them. In this confident, large-hearted and enormously readable book, Cox demonstrates what might seem to be impossible: how a voice can be at once tender and toughminded,

passionate and casually down-to-earth, disillusioned and thoroughly glad to be alive. Here's a surprising, unmistakable poet offering some of the most generous and compassionate of contemporary lyrics." - Mark Doty

"Mark Cox has a wry, deadpan humor, a piercing wit, and a keen knowledge of the contradictions of the human heart, His words sift deep into life, into unconscious motivations, into the elusive countries of sadness and happiness. These poems transcend their own ironies the intense self-consciousness of an ironizing speaker to sing with a moving simplicity, with an open and vulnerable voice. Thirty-Seven Years from the Stone confirms Mark Cox's promise and further fulfills his talent." - Edward Hirsch

"Ever since Smoulder I have been looking forward to a new book by Mark Cox. Thirty-Seven Years from the Stone is a splendid book, a book so rich and human and original it will help you remember why you love poetry. Mark Cox has written his way into being one of the finest

Poets of his generation." - Thomas Lux

"Mark Cox writes with daring, humor, skill, and a gnarled, empathetic heart from which he has drawn these clear, shapely poems." - William Matthews

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paper 0-8229-5669-1 Cox, who teaches creative writing at both Oklahoma State and Vermont College, shares many qualities with other regular-guy poets: Hes manly but sensitive, capable of celebrating the orgasm in one poem (The Blindness Desired), while displaying his concern for abused women and children elsewhere (Style). For all his heavy-handed ironies about adulthood, hes a sucker for little kids (those mini-versions of ourselves), who seem to say the darnedest things: His five-year-old stepson asks him to make the cobra talk, in a poem with that name; and in Even the Broken Bird Sings, a little girl with braces wonders if he can hear the stringed instrument/we live inside of? Little Heaven represents Cox at his sentimental worst, with memories of ice-cream trucks and sandlot baseball, and he mourns his first failed marriage, represented by his exs forgotten necklace. Cox stretches to find significance in everyday things and in the ephemeral, the tenuous, the inherently unstable, but his Zen aesthetic also lingers on memory, that long extension cord stretched into the dark. Again reflects on some heirloom jewelry, and Pulsar on a widowers rummage for the Salvation Army, but Cox complains directly to Death (Talking Death to Death) for reducing us to such things, including measly poems. Coxs second volume (after Smoulder), with his short, undistinguished lines and talky cadences, seldom reaches the higher consciousness he claims to seek. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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