Natural Causes (Pitt Poetry) (Paperback)

By Mark Cox

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822958390, 72pp.

Publication Date: April 18, 2004



Death haunts the pages of Natural Causes, but so does compassion and love. There is little darkness here, and less despair, despite the abundance of cemeteries, loss, and ghosts--both real and imagined.

Mark Cox's youthful bravado has given way in these poems to an assured sense of understatement. The weight of fatherhood, the loss of a grandmother, the fear of loneliness--these are the details around which Cox plumbs the depths of mortality and memory.

Fully comfortable with the domestic tableau from which he writes, this is a poet never complacent. The penchants for metaphor and the resonant turn of phrase that informed Cox's earlier work remain as vibrant as ever, indeed are heightened, as he masterfully affirms and celebrates the range of familial complexity and human connectedness.

About the Author

Mark Cox, professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, has received many prominent honors and awards. He is the author of three previous books of poetry, including Thirty-Seven Years from the Stone.

Praise For Natural Causes (Pitt Poetry)

“This collection teems with rich images and rings with a vibrant voice.”
--Charlotte Observer

“Vivid memory intertwines with a rigorously envisioned present and future.  Cox has touched on these matters in earlier books, but not so consistently or wish such uncanny thematic force.  He speaks across a huge range or subject and feeling, from layered fury to astringent violence to lamentation, from guarded hopefullness to affirmations at once quiet and stirring.  It is, altogether, an astonishing and moving tour de force.”
--Tar River Poetry