Grounded in the rural south, Myths of Electricity connects this world to the universal subjects of time, memory, and loss. "Thoughts on Human Beauty in the Y Locker Room" and "Bad Angels" delve into the flawed human condition. These poems and others in the collection explore the intersections where the seemingly disparate themes of faith and doubt, beauty and decay, as well as religion and science all meet.
KEVIN MEAUX was born in Kaplan, Louisiana, and educated at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is now teaching at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. His writing has received numerous awards, including a Ruth Lilly Fellowship as well as a Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Fellowship. His poems have appeared in such journals as The Southern Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and Shenandoah.
What Readers Are Saying:
"Kevin Meaux's poetry is a delight. He gives that wonderful, odd sensation of brilliant poems: even though you read them silently, his words seem literally tactile in your mouth. Myths of Electricity is an exciting debut volume." --Robert Olen Butler
"Kevin Meaux's Myths of Electricity is an electrifying book. His subjects range from snake handling to Mikola Tesla, discoverer of the rotating magnetic field; from walking ghosts to bad angels; from Halley's Comet to the prophecies of nature; from his grandfather's farm to his parents' magical early marriage. Whatever the subject, Meaux writes with deep sympathy and tact in exciting language. He can even make poetry of imperfect bodies in a locker room! It has been some time since I've so greatly admired a chapbook." --Robert Phillips, Series Judge