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Circus Days and Nights

Circus Days and Nights

Robert Lax

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-213-5
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Among America s greatest poets, a true minimalist who can weave awesome poems from remarkably few words. The New York Times Book Review

Jack Kerouac called Robert Lax one of the great original voices of our times . . . a Pilgrim in search of beautiful innocence, writing lovingly, finding it, simply, in his own way. Though many hold him to be one of the greatest American poets of this century, Lax maintains a low profile, living and writing in seclusion on the Greek island of Patmos. In Circus Days and Nights, Lax s three great long poems on the circus Circus of the Sun, Mogador s Book and the never-before published Voyage to Pescara are collected together for the first time, placing this early masterwork in the position within American literature that it so richly deserves.

Each of the three poems in this collection expresses a reverence for the acts of daring, beauty and grace that make the circus the singular event it is. What also emerges is the drawing of a link between this world of the circus wherein a tent is erected, acts are performed, and then the tent is disassembled only to be re-erected the next day and Lax s faith. As Denise Levertov has said, the radiant security of Lax s faith appears in his work as a serenity of tone.

Praise for Robert Lax s A Thing That Is: New Poems:
This new book of Robert Lax s poems proves yet again that the gift to be simple is the gift to be free, that less is more, and that least may be sometimes most. John Ashbery

His poems are sleight of hand demonstrations. I don t know any religious writing that moves me as much or is as persuasive as the prose communication with the unseen, unknown, unanswering but felt fountain-source of his belief. William Maxwell

About the Author
Robert Lax was born in Olean, New York, in 1915. He worked as an editor at The New Yorker and contributed to many anthologies and magazines including The New Yorker and The New Republic. In 1962 he moved to Patmos, Greece; since then his poetry and journals have been published throughout the world. His books include Circus of the Sun, 33 Poems (New Directions), and Love Had a Compass (Grove) and A Thing That Is: New Poems (Overlook).

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