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The Fork Without Hunger
Laurie Lamon; Donald Hall, fwd.

2005 • 49 pp. 6 x 9 1/2"

$14.00 Paperback, 978-0-9723045-5-9

In sharply-limned lyrics that are at once elegiac and celebratory, Laurie Lamon explores the inseparable union of pain and happiness that life invariably brings. Bending form with keen originality, this acclaimed poet is both traditionalist and innovator, a writer, says Ploughshare poetry editor David Daniel, “with rare precision and intelligence—and, rarer still, with genuine imagination.”

Reviews / Endorsements

"Life teaches us that regret is born along with love, that disappointment is hope's twin, that death starts with birth, and pain with pleasure. In The Fork Without Hunger, Laurie Lamon makes a music that persuades not only my mind but my senses to accept this duality from both sides at once, but still to believe that "the world could end with light." Here is an enormously mature and expressive book..." —Peter Davison, poetry editor of The Atlantic Monthly

"With rare precision and intelligence—and, rarer still, with genuine imagination—Laurie Lamon navigates the subtly terrifying, elegiac waters of the poems in The Fork Without Hunger. In this very impressive debut, Lamon's poems, with their quirky grace, seem near some mysterious and beautiful eruption: 'Pain thinks of dropping money / into the view master waiting for whales to breach / Pain thinks of the solid world the vast disturbances.' One watches with great anticipation and pleasure."—David Daniel, poetry editor, Ploughshares, Emerson College

From the Book:

I bathe and brush the dog
knowing that by 5 p.m.
he'll be put down

The kitchen window's
shine confirms
the little we know

of dying
The dog settles into my arms
and we lean back, watching

the leaves of the flame-
willow burn, the perishable
spring sap rising.

From “Killing the Dog”

LAURIE LAMON has taught poetry workshops and literature seminars at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, since 1985, after receiving her doctorate from the University of Utah. Her poems have appeared in many journals and magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, The New Criterion, Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture, Ploughshares, Colorado Review, and Poetry Northwest. She is the recipient of a Graves Award in 2002, and a Pushcart Prize in 2001 for the poem "Pain Thinks of the Beautiful Table." Twelve of the Pain Poems—an ongoing cycle of poems whose subjects include history, religion, loss, and survival—are included in this first collection. She lives with her husband, William Siems.

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