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Poetry. Kurt Luchs is well-known for brilliant comic writing (such as his previous IT'S FUNNY UNTIL SOMEONE LOSSES AN EYE), but he has always written poetry, and in recent years his accomplished verse has appeared in dozens of journals. In FALLING IN THE DIRECTION OF UP, his first full-length collection, his voice is lyrical, direct, mysterious, funny and awestruck by turns, often in the same poem. Its four sections form a redemptive arc: from harrowing childhood memory, to closely observed nature lyrics and meditations, through a poetic high noon teeming all at once with the surreal, satirical and soulful, coming at last to a powerful sequence of love poems that range from joyful to mournful to sensual to bemused. Here is the work of a poet writing at the height of his powers, what James Wright called "the poetry of a grown man."
Kurt Luchs was born in Cheektowaga, New York, grew up in Wheaton, Illinois, and has lived and worked all over the United States. After years of writing humor for the New Yorker, the Onion and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, among others, he returned to his first love, poetry, like a wounded animal crawling into its burrow to die. His most recent work includes FALLING IN THE DIRECTION OF UP (Sagging Meniscus Press, 2021). In 2017 Sagging Meniscus Press published his humor collection, IT'S FUNNY UNTIL SOMEONE LOSSES AN EYE (THEN IT'S REALLY FUNNY), which has since become an international non-bestseller. In 2019 his poetry chapbook One of These Things Is Not Like the Other was published by Finishing Line Press, and he won the Atlanta Review International Poetry Contest, proving that dreams can still come true and clerical errors can still happen.Author City: RED WING, MN USA