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The Hand on the Head of Lazarus (A Raccoon book) Paperback – October, 1986

ISBN-13: 978-0938507000 ISBN-10: 0938507001 Edition: First Edition

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Editorial Reviews


Christina Zawadiwsky's poems are marvelous. Spectacularly imaginative, alive with eeriness, surprising at every turn, they are like no one else's. --Mark Strand

I feel drawn to her work. It has the overtones of European poetry as it is being written today in the Ukraine, Poland, in Czechoslovakia and elsewhere that was once under Soviet domination. It has anger and humor inextricably joined. --David Ignatow

Poem after poem is powerful, fresh, audacious, sexy and convincing. It's amazing work, exciting. The vision has such authenticity and the images such cumulative power that I'm completely won over. --Phillip Lopate

The Hand On The Head Of Lazarus - a beautiful book! -- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Love and deceit, spiritual death and resurrection, pain and healing:  these are the subjects of her poems, written in a language of real involvement, real suffering and questioning.  She has not separated herself from the world, she has wedded herself to it, all the way down to blood and psyche, to dreams, to the original water. She is the legitimate representation of a tradition that begins with Whitman's cry "and what you feel, I will feel". --Small Press Review

A strong collection using an unusual, surreal voice, rich with descriptions. --The Bookwatch

From the Author

The Hand On The Head Of Lazarus is about how we as humans can help heal and re-vivify each other, with all the other colorful aspects of our lives that we encounter along the way.

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Christina Zawadiwsky is Ukrainian-American, born in New York City, has a degree in Fine Arts, and is a poet, artist, journalist, critic and TV producer. She has received a National Endowment For The Arts award, two Wisconsin Arts Board awards, a Co-Ordinating Council Of Literary Magazines Award, and an Art Futures Award, among other honors. She was the originator and producer of Where The Waters Meet, a local TV series created to facilitate the voices of artists of all genres in the media, for which she won two national and twenty local awards, including a Commitment To Community Television Award. She is also a contributing editor to the annual Pushcart Prize Anthology, the recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association, and has published four books of poetry, The World At Large (Bieler Press), Kissing The Murderer (Ommation Press), Sleeping With The Enemy (Floating Island Publications) and The World At Large (Ion Books). She currently reviews books and films online and shows her visual artwork professionally.

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