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A selection of the greatest poems from one of poetry’s most beloved mystics
33 Poems presents the quintessential gathering of Lax’s work, including Sea & Sky and The Circus of the Sun, “perhaps the greatest English-language poem of this century” (The New York Times).
“To the best of my knowledge, a saint is simply all the things that he is. If you placed him among the Old Testament figures above the south portal of Chartres, he wouldn’t look odd. His poems are sleight-of-hand demonstrations. I don’t know any religious writing that moves me as much or is as persuasive as the prose communication with the unseen, unknown, unanswering but felt fountain-source of his belief.” — William Maxwell
“He's good, isn't he!” — Samuel Beckett
“One of the great original voices of our times—a pilgrim in search of beautiful innocence.” — Jack Kerouac