Browse | News & Events | Ordering | UPP Blog | For Authors | For Instructors | Prizes | Rights & Permissions | Hebrew Union College Press | About the Press | Support the Press | Contact Us
April 1998
120 pages  

6 x 8 1/4
9780822956693
Paper $14.00 Add to cart

View Cart
Check Out
Other Ways to order
Thirty-Seven Years from the Stone
Cox, Mark
Mark Cox delivers a powerful exploration of the vagaries, ironies, and responsibilities of familial and romantic relationships. With humor, tenderness, a dose of terror, and an occasional swerve into the surreal, these poems probe the evolution of self, self-consciousness, and the interior psychological landscape - the effects of our past patterns and influences on the world of the present. By turns humorous and dark, straightforward and oblique, these poems are inventive and intelligent without forsaking accessibility.
Mark Cox chairs the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. His awards include a Whiting Writers' Award, a Pushcart Prize, the 1999 Oklahoma Book Award, and the 1999 Society of Midland Authors Poetry Prize. He has received fellowships from the Kansas Arts Commission, the Vermont Council on the Arts, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He has served as Poetry Editor of both Passages North and of Cimarron Review, and as Poet-in-Residence at The Frost Place. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.
“Mark Cox has a wry, deadpan humor, a piercing wit, and a keen knowledge of the contradictions of the human heart. His words sift deep into life, into unconscious motivations, into the elusive countries of sadness and happiness. These poems transcend their own ironies—the intense self-consciousness of an ironizing speaker—to sing with a moving simplicity, with an open and vulnerable voice. Thirty-Seven Years from the Stone confirms Mark Cox’s promise and further fulfills his talent.”—Edward Hirsch

“The poems of Cox’s latest volume are inventive and intelligent without forsaking accessibility.”—American Poet

“Mark Cox’s “latest work showcas[es] a broad range of poetic talents—from narrative to didactic musings to a sure-handed facility with familiar conceits. Yet the amid the book’s embarrassment of riches, the lyric clearly stands out as Cox’s forte—incisive poems laced with quirky energy and vivid imagery, and fueled by the poet’s modulated, occasionaly mannered voice. . . .the tension in Cox’s perceptions is beautifully relieved by the understated music of his verse—its supple urgency and pace, its winsome wordplay and wit.” —The Witchita Eagle, Witchita, KS

“Cox proves particularly adept at evoking pathos through everyday objects. . . His sense of humor is sly, insinuating and always at the ready. . . .Poems like “Grain,” a moving protest against mortality . . . will always be scarce commodities.”—Publishers Weekly

“Taking the reader to ‘a lake you can neither drown in nor drink from, / like those waterbugs who learn to worship the surface,’ this new collection by Cox embodies the 20th-century poetic focus: ‘no idea but in things.’ . . . In poems whose subjects range from the mundane to the sublime, he offers beautifully rendered images and rhythms. . . . Recommended.”—Library Journal

“These poems are alive with people—getting by, loving, failing, making the gestures which define them. In this confident, large-hearted and enormously readable book, Cox demonstrates what might seem to be impossible: a voice can be at once tender and toughminded, passionate and casually down to earth, disillusioned and thoroughly glad to be alive. Here’s a surprising, unmistakable poet offering some of the most generous and compassionate of contemporary lyrics.”—Mark Doty

“Mark Cox writes with daring, humor, skill and a gnarled empathetic heart from which he has drawn these clear, shapely poems.” —William Matthews

“Ever since Smoulder I have been looking forward to a new book by Mark Cox. Thirty-Seven Years from the Stone is a splendid book, a book so rich and human and original it will help you remember why you love poetry. Mark Cox has written his way into being one of the finest poets of his generation.” —Thomas Lux

Complete Description Reviews
Pitt Poetry Series Table of Contents
Poetry Read a selection from this book
close 

Winner of the 1999 Oklahoma Book Award for poetry given by the Oklahoma Center for the Book. Winner of the Midland Society of Authors Award for Poetry 1999 In this latest, long-awaited collection, Mark Cox delivers a powerful exploration of the vagaries, ironies, and responsibilities of familial and romantic relationships. With humor, tenderness, a dose of terror, and an occasional swerve into the surreal, these poems probe the evolution of self, self-consciousness, and the interior psychological landscape - the effects of our past patterns and influences on the world of the present. By turns humorous and dark, straightforward and oblique, these poems are inventive and intelligent without forsaking accessibility.
close 
close 


close 

© 2016 University of Pittsburgh Press. All rights reserved.