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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press; First Edition edition (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609803450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609803452
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,862,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• "Highly charged, stingingly beautiful lyrics." --John Ashbery
• "Magisterial, the book’s verbal generosity and bravura, its humanity make it a continuing delight." --Marilyn Hacker
• "I love Stanley Moss’s poetry. Again and again, coming upon a poem of Stanley Moss’s I have had the feeling of being taken by surprise, not simply by the eloquence and the direct authenticity of the language, for I have come to expect those in his poems. The surprise comes from the nature of his poetry itself, and from the mystery that his poems confront and embody." --W.S. Merwin

About the Author

STANLEY MOSS was educated at Trinity College (Connecticut) and Yale University. He makes his living as a private art dealer, largely in Spanish and Italian old masters, and is the longtime publisher and editor of The Sheep Meadow Press, a nonprofit press devoted to poetry.

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If you buy one poetry book in a lifetime, and only one, this may just be it.
Daniel B. Slocum
Too many lines of 'not getting it' and one then either puts the book down, or weeps in front of one's mirror calling one's self an ignoramus.
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What he is is a warm, richly experienced man with a great love for the medium.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 10, 2011
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Educated at Trinity University and Yale, Stanley Moss (b. 1925) is a private art dealer specializing in Spanish and Italian Old Masters. He is also an editor and the founder of a publishing house devoted to contemporary poetry. Although Moss has been writing for many years, he is not well-known among readers of contemporary poetry. This new book, "God Breaketh Not All Men's Hearts Alike" may well change that situation. It includes over 75 new poems together with over 200 poems selected from six earlier collections.

The poems are generally presented in reverse chronological order. This arrangement focuses on Moss' most recent poems, written in his 80s, which I think are his strongest. Moss writes in a highly-charged, flamboyant, and bravura style. I thought of other Jewish poets such as the late Samuel Menashe whose minimalist, quiet, reserved voice is at the opposite end of the poetic spectrum from that of Moss. Descriptive adjectives, nouns, actions, persons, and thoughts are thrown at the reader in an almost unending cascade. The poem "A History of Color" captures much of the brilliant, collage of Moss' writing. The poems also have a sense of irony and self-mockery as Moss makes fun of himself, deflates his tone, and refers to himself deprecatingly as "Stanley" or "SM". The poems are written in stanzas and frequently use rhyme. Most of the poems are short and many consist of a sonnet-like structure of 15 or 16 lines. The poems immediately captured my attention. As the book proceeds, my interest was not always sustained. On occasion, I felt on emotional overdrive, and on occasion some weak writing. But on the whole this is a stunning collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 29, 2011
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Stanley Moss' book of poems was one I labored to wade through. Stunningly self-involved, he comes across as an extraordinary name dropper, perhaps hoping to elevate his literary status through comparisons to poets like Kunitz and Lowell. My favorite mission statement for art comes from The Urantia Book, "The high mission of any art is, by its illusions, to foreshadow a higher universe reality, to crystallize the emotions of time into the thought of eternity." Moss, who bounces between a dedicated agnostic and a dreary atheist, uses his gift of language to try to pick fights with God. I understand how human our feelings of anger and frustration can be, but they become petulantly trivial under Moss' heavy hand, reflected in titles of his poems like "Vomit" and "Snot." "The Urantia Book" further illuminates this sublime poetic ideal, "Only a poet can discern poetry in the commonplace prose of routine existence." Moss mostly doesn't do this. His lofty classic allusions appear meant to impress with his education rather than serving the poetry. There were three poems in the entire collection that worked for me. "A Guest in Jerusalem" exquisitely articulates the pain and loss of a child to violence. "Listening to Water" is visionary, while "Celia" is like a sweet joke on authority. Other than that, I found this collection more than unpleasant; it was unimportant. Taxi!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan VINE VOICE on October 4, 2011
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I have a mixed review about this collection of poems. On the one side I applaud Stanley Moss' initiative in taking on topics that are seldom talked about and his real to life emotions played out in cunning lines and verse. However I also find much of his work useless in helping me to think deeper, more abstractly, or even providing a savvy quote to impress my friends.

Truth be told the poems I enjoyed the most aren't worth mentioning in polite company simply because in many cases he's chosen junior high material like snot and scatalogical references. Other poems delve into religion with the grace of a child jumping in mud puddles. Though the thoughts and turmoil are real, the poetry exceptional, the ideas just seems to be careless (sometimes his religious poems come across like a waiter wearing a tux and presenting a silver platter filled with bacon to a devout Muslim during Ramadan). Though his thoughts are particularly deep on these subjects, it's the subjects themselves and the way they are broached that appear offensive or out of context.

I think Moss is a great poet in his own right and he does have several surreal poems of a finer quality in this collection. I'm just not a fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aceto TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 20, 2011
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Stanley Moss, I think, is something of a dirty pantheist. He loves muck and mud. He fancies himself a worm while god is a Robin, reminiscent of Hopkins casting himself as rabbit to Christ as raptor. And the mud, as cummings told us is luscious.

Actually it was another Robin, on Amazon who got me onto this rapturing book, for which I am again in his debt. Doubtless I would have eventually gotten to it after "The Intelligence of Clouds". Stanley is a joker. Love becomes a study of the word itself, now alive as "L" is the ready male to the female "V" and "O" is their mouth. Elsewhere it is the blind man who plays bluff and cannot find himself. Stanley makes his name silly in place of the formal Ishmael - Call me Stanley. He covers himself in Hardy Laurels, while the Marx Brothers appear in a trope on the Greek ideal of "Know Thyself", with Oedipus as the poster child. He knows how to drive tragedy comic.

Bugs and flowers and water especially are everywhere. His poems are teeming with life run riot. And life is randy. Everything is holy promiscuity. God has a womb; femaleness is everywhere. His reference to Saint Teresa is Bernini's statue capture of ecstasy (more on art later). His sexy winds of summer are well needed, for Stanley is full of beans, and not a little Whitman too. He has that outdoorsy voice, loud and clear, that Walt exulted all over creation. These are poems for a bright sunny day, breezy yet pungent.

Nowhere is Stanley more pantheist than in his SONG OF NO GOD, an anti-psalm, where he takes a good poke at man creating god in his own image out of ultimately perishable materials. On the other hand he pokes fun at man-made idols. Golden calves do no good; only real ones do.
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