Synopses & Reviews
Praise for Stanley Moss’ poetry:
“Magisterial . . . this book is magnificent. I’ve read it several times with greater and greater pleasure. Its verbal generosity and bravura, its humanity, the quality and quantity of information which it integrates into poetry of the highest order make it a continuing delight.”—Marilyn Hacker
“A marvelous new collection of poems . . . unthinkable questions, perhaps, but when he formulates them they take on the urgency of common daylight.”—John Ashbery
“The poetry of the ages is an argument with God, so it is said; but not many poets attempt it today. Stanley Moss does. In many voices, in lines rugged yet eloquent, in different places and with various leanings, he sings us songs of his unbelievable belief, his unlovable lovesongs of anguish, songs any of us would sing if we could. I find them disconcerting and extraordinarily moving.”—Hayden Carruth
“It is time to celebrate the singular beauty and power of Stanley Moss’s poetry. . . . The damp genius of mortality presides.”—Stanley Kunitz
This is a book made “of experience and high intellect. From the first measured trope to the last haunting moment, in which God equals a question, these poems curse and sing about the blessings and tragedies of personal life. Embracing the larger world, they’re also hardy psalms that make me say, Thanks for this important, gutsy collection.”—Yusef Komunyakaa
"Long admired for his stewardship of Sheep Meadow Press, Moss has also earned acclaim for his own lyrical work, whose long-lined eloquence mixes autobiographical reflections, tributes to friends and places, and a temperate, self-assured humor. Though Moss's last volume, The History of Color (2003), was also a new-and-selected, this slightly slimmer gathering holds enough new poems to merit a look of its own: advancing years, the death of friends (especially eminent poets, such as Stanley Kunitz), Jewish history and Jewish liturgy provide recurrent themes for Moss's latest works, with which the volume (mostly) opens. (Moss's perhaps confusing arrangement offers new work first, the oldest last, 'with exceptions' so he can group poems with similar subjects.) There are travels overseas to Jerusalem and Israel, in particular, but also to Italy, China, Germany and voyages backward in time, as Moss reanimates Ovidian themes. His best poems, however, are less about ethnic or religious heritage than about crafts and arts undervalued in their own time: 'The Lace Makers,' for example, and the new 'An American Hero,' which tells the startling story of James Hewlett, who 'joined a Shakespeare theater of ex-slaves.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The latest collection from America's most important living poet, Stanley Moss.
"The poetry of the ages is an argument with God, so it is said; but not many poets attempt it today. Stanley Moss does. In many voices, in lines rugged yet eloquent, in different places and with various leanings, he sings us songs of his unbelievable belief, his unlovable lovesongs of anguish, songs any of us would sing if we could. I find them disconcerting and extraordinarily moving." --John Ashberry
About the Author
Born in New York City, STANLEY MOSS was educated at Trinity College and Yale University. He is a private art dealer specializing in Italian and Spanish old masters, as well as the publisher and editor of The Sheep Meadow Press, a non-profit press devoted to poetry.