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American Sonnets: Poems Paperback – November 17, 2003
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"Gerald Stern is a romantic with a sense of humor ... a sometimes comic, sometimes tragic visionary."
Stern writes as if he had to take notice of every single thing in the world. "
About the Author
Gerald Stern, the author of nineteen poetry collections, has won the National Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the Ruth Lilly Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, the Frost medal, and the Award of Merit (from the American Academy of Arts and Letters), among others. He lives in Lambertville, New Jersey, and New York City.
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These poems are accessible while at the same time retaining a wonder at the mystery of life. The size of each poem is just right -- about twenty lines or so, and each poem is about the length of one whole utterance or train of thought. I really love that I can hear a real, distinctive human voice in these poems, and not the flatness and lack of emotion you get in a lot of poetry these days, especially if it is written by younger people. Mr. Stern has a wealth of experience, a great memory and imagination, lots of empathy, and an interesting way of saying things. He has used these talents to give us poems that are not simply poems, but experiences.