R.I.P. Thomas Lux


The People of the Other Village
Thomas Lux 
hate the people of this village
and would nail our hats
to our heads for refusing in their presence to remove them
or staple our hands to our foreheads
for refusing to salute them
if we did not hurt them first: mail them packages of rats,
mix their flour at night with broken glass.

Onomatomania – Thomas Lux

the word for the inability to find the right word,
leads me to self-diagnose: onomatomaniac. It’s not
the 20 volume OED, I need,
nor Dr. Roget’s book, which offers
Read rest of poem 

Thomas Lux, esteemed Georgia Tech teacher and poet – Bo Emerson – Atlanta-Journal Constitution – 2/6/17

[Thomas Lux] told the AJC in 2006 that teaching poetry at Georgia Tech was no mismatch — that poetry and science both require careful observation and creative thinking. ‘We’re trying to diminish the stereotype of the poet as some dreamy bozo who wanders around and then all of a sudden gets struck by inspiration,’ he said. ‘Poems are made things. They have everything to do with intense emotions … but poems are made things. They don’t just happen.’”

Also: Read Vijay Seshadri’s touching post on the death of American poet Tom Lux – Daily O – 2/6/17

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