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Poetry Path: Dorianne Laux

Dorianne Laux

Dorianne Laux from "Life is Beautiful"

Dorianne Laux was born in 1952 in Augusta, Maine. Laux has published ten volumes of poetry, most recently writing Only As The Day Is Long (W.W. Norton, 2019), which was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Her work has been recognized for its sensuality and appreciation of everyday life; her accolades include the Pushcart Prize and The Paterson Prize for The Book of Men (W.W. Norton, 2011). She currently teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

Dorianne Laux, excerpt from “Life is Beautiful”

Dorianne Laux, excerpt from “Life is Beautiful” on location in Battery Park City

Photos by Daniel Terna.

Dorianne Laux, excerpt from “Life is Beautiful” from Smoke. Copyright © 2000 by Dorianne Laux. Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, LLC on behalf of BOA Editions, Ltd.,

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