Out of Town
Author of two previous collections—including The Admirations, winner of the Oregon Book Award—Lex Runciman’s work in Out of Town has appeared widely in such magazines as New England Review, Missouri Review, The Southern Review, Northwest Review and Hubbub.
Northwest poetry series ; 3
“Memory and repetition create the measured grace in his stately lines, but a measureless grace, one that approaches the sacramental, permeates these poems.” - Andrew Hudgins
“Like music from an open window, Lex Runciman’s poems draw me into his life. So how is it that his childhood memories—the light at night, the wishing for water—can be so like my own? How can he love his daughters just as I love mine? And the sea, exactly as it is? This poet's truth, so perfect, so ringing clear, sings of the universal longing.” - Kathleen Dean Moore
“Because Lex Runciman gives himself to it with such unreserved and, more distinctively, unembarrassed attention, the domestic world—the world of the household, backyard, the neighborhood street—is flooded with a pathos, a quality of light, a delicious and familiar beauty that one sees in the paintings of Vermeer.” - Sherod Santos
Runciman, Lex, "Out of Town" (2004). Linfield Authors Book Gallery. 26.