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The Featured Poets of The Dodge Poetry Festival: Thomas Lux

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
October 3, 2012

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The 14th Biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival is just 8 days away….the festival runs from October 11th through October 14th in downtown Newark.   This week, we will feature some of the poets who will be performing….today’s poet is Thomas Lux

An accomplished teacher and poet Thomas Lux is known for his wildly imaginative and haunting works that often contain ironic speakers and startling imagery. Lux’s early collections of poetry are very much grounded in the neo-surrealist technique. Known for being outspoken he often places tragedy right alongside humor in his work.

“Because he can speak he can efficiently lie, or obscure with such brilliance a listener with less language is glad to lose more of it. Because he can speak he will be lonely because those who speak back speak another language of other derivations. Because he cans peak he speaks, because he can speak he can pray out loud, because he can speak the predators are drawn to him in the night, because he can speak he invented the ear, then two to better hear himself speak.”

His many awards and honors include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.  You can catch Lux on the main stage of this year’s Dodge Poetry Festival.

The main stage for the Dodge Poetry Festival will be at NJPAC.   You can get more information by going to dodgepoetry.org or njpac.org.

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