December 27, 2014

Recent Reading by Professor Emeritus Jack Leax

John Leax, Houghton College Professor Emeritus of Writing, presented a reading from his new collection of poems on Thursday, October 4 from 7-8 pm in the Recital Hall of the Greatbatch School of Music.

Listen to archived audio of the reading.

From the publisher's website:

In Recluse Freedom, a collection of new poems written from 1990 to 2010, John Leax offers a human history of family, community, and nation in conversation with a spiritual history—imagined, experienced and revealed. Readers who have already discovered Leax will welcome this new book. And, for others, Recluse Freedom will provide a fresh and rewarding introduction to this poet of the "still, small voice."

John Leax was for many years poet-in-residence at Houghton College in Houghton, New York. His poems have been published widely in anthologies and periodicals. His previous collections of poetry include Reaching into Silence (1974), The Task of Adam (1985), Country Labors (1991) and Tabloid News (2005).

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"This book steps out of our culture of hectic voices and extravagant, self-aggrandizing gestures with a quietness that seems almost impossible. As Leax meditates on natural creatures, the land, memory, Chinese poetry, and the Psalms, he transforms himself into a trustworthy tour guide through a territory of profound solitude and stillness. Recluse Freedom is that rare thing—a book to sit with, to return to. In an age of jumpy bravado and addictive speed, it is a book to learn from. I love its restraint, its sly wit, and its wisdom."—Jeanne Murray Walker, author of New Tracks, Night Falling

"In Recluse Freedom, Leax delivers a series of profound descents—into language, into the flourishing phenomena of our surroundings, into the grittiness of our complicated lives—all of which avail for us the promise of continuing ascent. I am deeply grateful for his acute, compelling vision."—Scott Cairns, author of Compass of Affection 



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