Today's Featured Poet

Thomas Lux

Born in Northampton, Massachusetts, Thomas Lux’s poetry often deals with life’s tragedies, but usually employs an ironic humor. He has published numerous books of poetry including Split Horizon, which won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Lux currently teaches at Sarah...

It’s the little towns I like
with their little mills making ratchets
and stanchions, elastic web,
spindles, you
name it. I like them in New England,
America, particularly-providing
bad jobs good enough to live...

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