The Long Surprise
Barbara Lau (Author)
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Contest Judge X. J. Kennedy heralds Barbara Lau's The Long Surprise as ""full of unexpectedness...feeling and verve"" and ""a confident step onto the main stage of American poetry."" Adds Eleanor Wilner, ""Here is a poet of candor, vigor and daylight vision, who loves without illusion...whose ear is unerring, and whose startlingly fresh images push up like 'wild mint...through sidewalks.""' Posing questions about the making of art (""Is chaos / counterpoint to art, or instead, / its tuning fork?""), marriage (""How little is enough?""), faith, family, and selfhood (""Where does she begin / and I end?""), Lau explores ""how life announces itself"" at our uneasy turn of the century. Her poems witness both the horrific - the loss of a child, the greed of the impoverished, the motives behind child prostitution - and common pleasures ""so dense they sedate you.
About the Author
BARBARA LAU currently teaches creative writing, composition, and literature at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.
- Contributor: Barbara Lau
- Imprint: Texas Review Press
- ISBN13: 9781881515357
- Number of Pages: 80
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Texas Review Press
- Release Date: 2002-01-31
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: BARBARA LAU currently teaches creative writing, composition, and literature at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.