Dorie LaRue



Dorie LaRue is the author of two novels, Resurrecting Virgil and The Trouble With Student Affairs; three chapbooks, Seeking the Monsters, The Private Frenzy, and In God’s Due Time; a full length collection of poetry, Mad Rains; and a full length collection of poems, An Enemy in Their Mouths. In 2019, she received second place for Only Visiting This Planet, a short story collection, in the West Virginia Writing Awards. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals including The Southern Review, The Maryland Poetry Review, and The American Poetry Review.

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The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets
with Gina Ferrara, David Havird, Rodger Kamenetz, Julie Kane, Dorie LaRue, Cleopatra Mathis, Patrice Melnick, Mona Lisa Saloy, and Martha Serpas


An Enemy in Their Mouths

"Dorie LaRue's title alludes to a line from Othello: 'O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains.' In this searingly honest collection, the enemy is drugs, and the brains being stolen are those of our children. Much has been written about the drug epidemic, but only LaRue understands the all-consuming hunger that drives it: 'the idea that being drugged/is better than being alive.' The ghost of Anne Sexton, who was also driven by such hungers, presides over these poems, as rich with imagery as hers." - Julie Kane, Professor Emeritus, Northwestern State University, and Louisiana Poet Laureate 2011-2013


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