Dancing on Main Street

Poetry by Lorenzo Thomas

April 1, 2004 • 6 x 9 • 130 pages • 978-1-56689-156-1

Scintillating, cinematic poems synthesize the irony, absurdity, and passions of American life.

A major figure in the Black Arts Movement and a founding member of the Umbra workshop, Lorenzo Thomas is one of the most heralded authors of his generation. Dancing on Main Street, Thomas’s long-awaited collection spanning many decades of his career, blends traditional lyricism with a surrealist’s touch and a realist’s eye. Together, these poems form a cinematic look at the obsessions, -pleasures, trials, and tribulations of life on Main Street.

About the Author

Lorenzo Thomas, who was born in Panama and grew up in New York City, is a poet, critic and professor of English at the University of Houston. His books of poetry include Chances Are Few, The Bathers, and Sound Science. He is the recipient of two Poets Foundation awards and the Lucille Medwick Prize.


“This caustically modern, enticingly various and ironically titled collection is a very welcome major release from a poet and critic who too often has flown under the publishing radar.” —Publishers Weekly