John Leax Tabloid News: Poems

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Tabloid News: Poems

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One afternoon when poet John Leax was standing in a grocery store checkout line, a tabloid news headline beckoned: "Leaping Turtles Invade US." As he looked more closely at the accompanying image, two lines sprang into his imagination: "Suppose one could believe the tabloid headlines. Suppose the stories under them were true." Leax later wrote that “true story.” Then he wrote another. And another. They are all collected in Tabloid News, his fourth book of poems. As he wrote, Leax explored two linked impulses that he found in the tabloids: desire and fear. We desire connection to beings other than ourselves. Yet we fear what we do not know—what is alien or different from us. In poems like “Baby Born with Antlers,” “Dog Makes $60 Million Modeling” and “Duck Hunters Shoot Angel,” Leax grapples with this conflict between desire and fear humorously, chillingly, poignantly and artfully. If you've ever been attracted—or repelled—by a tabloid news headline, these poems are for you.

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One afternoon when poet John Leax was standing in a grocery store checkout line, a tabloid news headline beckoned: "Leaping Turtles Invade US." As he looked more closely at the accompanying image, two lines sprang into his imagination: Suppose one could believe the tabloid headlines./ Suppose the stories under them were true. Leax later wrote that true story. Then he wrote another. And another. They are all collected in Tabloid News.As he wrote, Leax explored two linked impulses that he found in the tabloids: desire and fear. We desire connection to beings other than ourselves. Yet we fear what we do not know what is alien or different from us. In poems like Baby Born with Antlers, Dog Makes $60 Million Modeling and Duck Hunters Shoot Angel, Leax grapples with this conflict between desire and fear humorously, chillingly, poignantly and artfully.If you've ever been attracted--or repelled--by a tabloid news headline, these poems are for you.

About the Author:

John Leax is a teacher and writer whose articles, stories and poems have been widely published in anthologies and periodicals such as The Midwest Quarterly, Cold Mountain Review and Books & Culture. His other books of poetry include Reaching into Silence, The Task of Adam and Country Labors. During 2004, his memoir on the writing life, Grace Is Where I Live, was published in a revised and expanded edition by WordFarm.

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