Brooks Haxton (1950 - / Greenville / Mississippi)
Biography of Brooks Haxton
Brooks Haxton, born in Greenville, Mississippi, in 1950, is the son of the novelist Ellen Douglas and the composer Kenneth Haxton. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation, Haxton teaches in the writing programs at Syracuse University and Warren Wilson College. He lives in Syracuse with his wife and three children.
Brooks Haxton's Works:
Nakedness, Death, and the Number Zero, The Lay of Eleanor and Irene (Backcountry, 1985)
Dominion (Knopf, 1986)
Traveling Company (Knopf, 1989)
Dead Reckoning (Story Line Press, 1989)
The Sun at Night (Knopf, 1997)
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Down from twilight into dark at noon,
through darker, down until the black
could not be more devoid of star
or sunlight, o my soul, near freezing
in sub-photic stillness past
the fragile strands of glowing jelly
radiant with tentacles to sting,