As all up-and-coming writers must, I was searching the internet for literary magazines that I could potentially submit work to when I discovered Raleigh Review. This literary magazine hasn’t been around that long, but it publishes high quality work—one such work being the poem “The Nakedness of Things.”
This beautiful poem has a progression of images, depicting the nakedness and sexuality of nature. Amid the images of cacti, mountains, and waves, Laux throws a curve-ball: a pair of pliers. On the first read, I was stuck on wondering, “why is this image of a simple tool thrown in with all these nature-esque images?” Sure the materials of the tool come from the Earth, but it stands out more that the other images because it’s different. Somehow this image works so well, but why? For me, this image works because I can see the movement of the pliers opening and closing, back and forth like a breath, like the ebbing of waves; this is the motion, the action of nakedness, of sex, the innate waver of the world.