- Paperback: 78 pages
- Publisher: Whistling Shade (September 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982933509
- ISBN-13: 978-0982933503
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,975,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sky Is Great, The Sky Is Blue
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''These are astonishing poems. Like Szymborska's, the poems are spare, often subversive, both dark and hopeful: a conscience is at work in them. Like Dickinson's, they breathe. It s true - the best poems, like Chmielarz's, arise when a wary intelligence trusts instinct, however briefly, and when a warm heart confronts its solitude. The poems are about -- and the last luminous poem is entitled -- 'Everything.'''--Connie Wanek, On Speaking Terms
''Sharon Chmielarz is inspired by the domestic--but like Emily Dickinson, she is wildly undomesticated. Who else would notice gourds 'off by themselves in the garden, / rattling their odd colors / turtle shell green / dried bone, dust orange, / tooth yellow'? She is an observant traveler as she watches an old woman with her dog in Krakow climbing stairs 'that looked to me like despair.' She is also a joyful sensualist, eating a ripe tomato over the kitchen sink, noticing 'a taste as singular as a voice, full- / throated Russian soprano s breathing / the end of summer and sun light itself.' In The Sky Is Great, The Sky Is Blue, Sharon Chmielarz is singularly herself with her sharp eye, her quick ear, and her knowledge that 'one becomes full by merely remembering.'''--Tim Nolan, The Sound of It
In The Sky Is Great The Sky Is Blue Sharon Chmielarz explores grief and its consolations in poems that move in counterpoint and signal Chmielarz's signature poetic form in this book: ever shorter, concise poems, rich in luxurious detail. Couplets, tercets, quatrains, and short (eleven-line) one stanza poems dominate the work. For many of us who have followed Chmielarz's work, the short poems come as a surprise and stand with her longer pieces (lyric section poems) as a tribute to her virtuosity.''--Roseann Lloyd, Because of the Light ----Roseann Lloyd, Because of the Light
About the Author
Sharon Chmielarz is the author of four previous collections of poetry: Different Arrangements, But I Won't Go Out in a Boat, The Other Mozart (made recently into a two-part opera) and The Rhubarb King. She's had poems published in magazines like The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, The Hudson Review, The North American Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Commonweal and Salmagundi. She's also written for children.
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a steady precision of language and observation, filled with stray moments of beauty held aloft turned in the light and rescued from oblivion. From a woman's consciousness--this is poetry pure and spare, free of artifice and contrivance. The poems range the physical world and other lives, from an old woman and her dog in Poland to Chopin at the keyboard, yet exude rootedness no matter the setting or subject--paying homage to the energy that keeps us fighting against the odds and snatching at small pleasures in houses, fields, on the road--even in our bleakest moments.