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In the tradition of essayists like Montaigne and Emerson, Gerald Stern reflects with wit, pathos, rage, and tenderness on 85 years of life. In 70 short, intermingling essays Stern moves nimbly between the past and the present, the personal and the philosophical. Creating the immediacy of dailiness, he writes with entertaining engagement about what hes reading, be it Spinoza, Maimonides, John Cage, Etheridge Knight, James Schuyler, or Lucille Clifton, and then he seamlessly turns to memories of his student years in Europe on the GI Bill, or his political and social action. Interwoven with his formidable recollections are passionate discussions of lifelong obsessions: his conflicted identity as a secular Jew opposed to Israels Palestine policy; the idea of neighbors in various forms, from the women of Gees Bend, who together made beautiful quilts, to the inhabitants of Jedwabne, who on a single day in 1941 slaughtered 300 Jews; and issues of justice.

About the Author

Gerald Sterns recent books of poetry are Early Collected Poems: 1965–1992, Save the Last Dance, This Time: New and Selected Poems, which won the National Book Award, Odd Mercy, and Bread without Sugar. His collection of essays What I Can't Bear Losing was published by Trinity University Press in trade paper in 2009. His honors include the Award of Merit Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Paris Reviews Bernard F. Conners Award, the Bess Hokin Award from Poetry, the Ruth Lilly Prize, four National Endowment for the Arts grants, the Pennsylvania Governors Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from the American Poetry Review, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2005 Stern was selected to receive the Wallace Stevens Award for mastery in the art of poetry. For many years a teacher at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, Stern now lives in Lambertville, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

1. Park Bench, Chinese Poet, Bob Summers

2. Dragonfly, Insects, Famous Deaths p. 5

3. Chance Writing, Meister Eckhart, Jewish Saints, Ahmadinejad p. 11

4. Lamb, Seders, Elijah, the Last Supper, Gospel of Mark p. 13

5. “Christ,” The Lamb p. 19

6. Diary of the Mind, Santa Maria de Popola, Campo de Fiori p. 24

7. Amalfi Coast, Dogs p. 25

8. Tyler Art School, Louise Fishman, Boris Blai p. 28

9. Rome, Pope, Jews p. 31

10. Fanny Howes The Winter Sun, “God” p. 33

11. “Christians” in Haiti, Haiti p. 34

12. Fanny Howe, Education of the Poet p. 36

13. Straddling, Publishing Late p. 37

14. My Mother and Father p. 39

15. The Pennsylvania RR in Pittsburgh p. 40

16. Back pain, Rome, Athletes, Joe Louis, Billy Conn p. 41

17. Jack Gilbert p. 44

18. Haiti, the Long History p. 45

19. Stan Barret p. 46

20. Comedy, Leipzig, Germany, Bach, Terry Gross, MOVE, My Humor

21. Rugby and Business, Quaker Interview, Sports p. 59

22. Papacy, Deicide p. 61

23. Work for Government During the War, Movies in Indiana p. 63

24. Learning Poetry, Living Cheap, Workshops, Iowa p. 65

25. Dragonflies and Being p. 70

26. Robin and Uncle Harry p. 70

27. Lucilles death p. 72

28. Robin, Crises, Pianist at Zaks, Kenneth Gabura p. 75

29. Redbud, Late Spring, 50 more pages, Marie Ponsot p. 80

30. Alana Rose p. 84

31. 26 Vandam, William Merwin, John Gardner, lost girl p. 85

32. Kamps, Signs Over Gates p. 91

33. Dragonflies p. 91

34. My Big Mouth, Tourettes, Karis, Birth Mothers p. 93

35. Trip to New York With Poet-Potter p. 95

36. James Schuyler p. 97

37. Dragonflies, Dog Eat Dog p. 99

38. Medal at Academy of Arts, Pearlstein, Levine p. 100

39. Meister Eckhart p. 103

40. Larry Levis, Caravaggio p. 105

41. Angela Hazleys Death p. 110

42. Haiti, Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, Aristide, AIDS p. 114

43. New Zealand Poet, Broadsides, Creeley p. 119

44. Demystification, Gilgamesh, Spinoza p. 120

45. Hank Evans, Remorse, Gilgamesh p. 124

46. Etheridge Knight p. 127

47. McChrystal, Pruning Hooks, Chris Hedges, Israel p. 135

48. Charlie I p. 141

49. Israel p. 142

50. Nut-Death, Grandfather, Transit Cop p. 144

51. Marie Ponsot p. 148

52. Again Haiti p. 148

53. Charlie and Elvira II p. 148

54. McChrystal p. 149

55. Robert Bernat p. 150

56. Montpellier, Carmen, Bill Basnight p. 153

57. Diane Freund p. 156

58. Atlantic City p. 157

59. Charlie III p. 157

60. Libby p. 158

61. Bialystock, 1906 p. 161

62. Poland I p. 163

63. Poland II p. 164

64. Neighbors I p.166

65. Lev Going p. 171

66. Lev Not There p. 172

67. Neighbors II p. 174

68. Neighbors III p. 176

69. Neighbors IV, John Cage p. 181

70. Atlantic City p. 186

71. Childhood in New York, p 187

72. Henry James on NY p. 189

73. Henry Miller, Air Conditioned Nightmare 191

74. Miller, New York p. 193

75. Simone de Beauvoir, New York p. 195

76. Atlantic City p. 199

77. Turkish Restaurant in Paris p. 199

78. Paul McCartney p. 200

79. Yom Kippur Pear p. 201

80. Betty Cray, p. 203

81. Hole in Forehead p. 204

82. Port Authority Bus Terminal p. 210

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Stern, Gerald
Trinity University Press
Poetry-A to Z
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