- Paperback: 150 pages
- Publisher: Coffeetown Press (June 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1603819878
- ISBN-13: 978-1603819879
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,192,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Open Wide, the Eye is a collection of stunningly original, precise, and exquisite poems. Nusbaum's eye for the telling detail is as sharp as her ear for the music of the language, and these poems track the inner life as carefully and movingly as they track the sensory experience of this world. This is real poetry, speaking as poignantly to the heart as to the intellect." --Laura Kasischke, author of The Infinitesimals
"Susan Nusbaum's generous new book, Open Wide, the Eye springs from an artist's impulse to capture the pulsing beauty of the world. Intelligent, empathetic, and widely traveled, Nusbaum is gifted with a broad yet probing vision and an ear for precision. Her poetic landscapes (as well as seascapes, skyscapes, and cityscapes) can be literally dazzling. Yet she's also impressive at conjuring sound and physical sensation, especially in poems that focus on music, or on the longing that comes with loss. Elsewhere, in narratives, she deals with human suffering and childhood nostalgia, but it's the best of her painterly, contemplative poems that leave the reader stunned." --Joan Murray, author of Swimming for the Ark
About the Author
Born in Rochester, NY, Susan Dworski Nusbaum received her BA from Smith College and her law degree from the University of Buffalo Law School. She lives in Buffalo, N.Y., where she has worked as a teacher, arts administrator, and most recently as a criminal prosecutor. She has been a frequent participant in the Chautauqua Institution Writers Festival and Chautauqua Writers Center poetry workshops, and has served on the Board of the Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Connecticut Review, Poetry East, Nimrod International Journal, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Chautauqua, Harpur Palate, Wisconsin Review, The Sow s Ear, Earth s Daughters, Artvoice, and The Buffalo News. Her book, What We Take With Us, was published by Coffeetown Press in 2014. For more information, go to susandworskinusbaum.com.
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