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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 Reprint edition (December 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393337316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393337310
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,781,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stern writes with a gruff, seen-it-all knowingness and with the distillation, leaps, and pivots acquired over a long life of poetic practice. His eyes are drawn to the muck and dust of the trampled world, the aging machinery of progress, the sagging porch, the dying tree, the fog and mist of confusion and fatigue. Stern unabashedly loves beauty and all of creation, but in his fifteenth collection, even the animals are aggressive, needy, or suffer pointless deaths. Stern is funny, mad for life, respectful of death, and jazzed by shared ideas. In the long, gnashing, reorienting dialogic poem “The Preacher,” a response to the book of Ecclesiastes, the poet and his friend Peter consider Stern’s vision of a hole in the universe, and his poetic process: “My figures / always start with the literal and the spreading / is like blood spreading.” His wound is our propensity for lying, killing, and destroying the living earth. In his vision of the future, love will be found in a sewer, winds and waters will rise, the poet will sing, and we will dance on. --Donna Seaman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“Stern writes with a gruff, seen-it-all knowingness and with the distillation, leaps, and pivots acquired over a long life of poetic practice.” (Booklist)

“With a deft though sometimes mischievous hand, [Stern] crafts scenes that are at once exotic and familiar.” (Library Journal)

“[Stern’s] strongest, strangest poems.” (Publishers Weekly)

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michal L. Jones on June 14, 2008
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Jerry Stern has been writing poems for over 40 years and is recognized as one of the country's best. This collection continues his stellar path. I had the honor of knowing him in the mid-60's when he taught at a small college in Western Pa. I highly recommend his books to anyone who likes humor, pathos and something that makes you think twice, because he makes you do that in his work.
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By Anne E. Mcwilliams on July 22, 2014
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Garoosh on October 19, 2012
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With all due respect to any writer, especially one who has been around as long as Stern, but this was pretty much crap. To each his own, but if after 87 poetic years on this planet, this is what you can produce, then eh... All the pieces are basically run on sentences, no punctuations,(even though its not always needed) and streams of thought with no real direction. I know people like this sorta stuff and its popular to write this way today but its crap, thats it. Most contemporary poetry is a tragedy to the ear and murder on the heart. All his poems sounded like HS teenagers talking, starting a conversation and never taking a breadth and going from idea to idea. Its not poetry and at best bad prose. I'll try some of his earlier works and see if there was any merit there. But this later stuff...eh...
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