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All poets are interested in patterns. When we hear a poem, we often love it as much for the patterns it makes as for the meaning carried inside the words. There are many formal names for the poetic conventions which comprise this venerable partnership, but for now we’ll simply concentrate on the syllable and the line, and what I call the marriage of music and meaning.
Dorianne Laux’s sixth collection, Only As the Day Is Long: New and Selected Poems was named a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her fifth collection, The Book of Men, was awarded The Paterson Prize. Her fourth book of poems, Facts About the Moon, won The Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also the author of Awake; What We Carry, a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award; Smoke; as well as a fine small press edition, The Book of Women. She is the co-author of the celebrated text The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry.