Robert Lax (1915-2000) published dozens of volumes of poetry and prose journals with small presses in Europe and the United States, as well as A Catch of Anti-Letters, correspondence with his lifelong friend Thomas Merton. Educated at Columbia University, he worked as an editor for The New Yorker, Jubilee, and PAX. From 1962 to the end of his life, he made his home in the Greek islands, first Kalymnos and ultimately Patmos. A collection of his work, Poems (1962-1997) (Wave Books, 2013), was edited by John Beer.
(Author photo by Christiaan Diedericks)
Among America's greatest experimental poets, a true minimalist who can weave awesome poems from remarkably few words.
—The New York Times
His poetic achievement is remarkable.
He’s good, isn’t he!
One of the great original voices of our times—a pilgrim in search of beautiful innocence.
Reviews of books by Robert Lax
- New York Times obituary for Robert Lax
- St. Bonaventure University archives of Robert Lax
- Alex Dimitrov on Robert Lax in The Brooklyn Rail
- "Kalymnos: November 29, 1968" (at The Poetry Foundation)
- Reading -John Beer at City Lights with Michael McGregor and S.T. Georgiou