Dorianne Laux


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Dorianne Laux (born January 10, 1952 Augusta, Maine) is an American poet.

Laux worked as a sanatorium cook, a gas station manager, and a maid before receiving a B.A. in English from Mills College in 1988.

Laux taught at the University of Oregon. She is a professor at North Carolina State University’s creative writing program, and the MFA in Writing Program at Pacific ... more »

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  • Diane Laux Overly(4/15/2019 4:04:00 PM)

    Saw an article about you in SF Chronicle and almost flipped when I saw your name, which is quite rare. I haven't Haven't read your poetry yet but am curious to know how we might be related. My father was born in Avalon PA. Roy Francis Laux. His brother had five girls so no Laux there! Sisters had kids, one sister was gay so doubt she had any kids. Anyhow...Diana Whitney wrote a nice piece about you.

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Best Poem of Dorianne Laux

Fast Gas

for Richard


Before the days of self service,
when you never had to pump your own gas,
I was the one who did it for you, the girl
who stepped out at the sound of a bell
with a blue rag in my hand, my hair pulled back
in a straight, unlovely ponytail.
This was before automatic shut-offs
and vapor seals, and once, while filling a tank,
I hit a bubble of trapped air and the gas
backed up, came arcing out of the hole
in a bright gold wave and soaked me — face, breasts,
belly and legs. And I had to hurry
back to the booth, the small employee ...

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