American Sonnets: Poems

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"Stern is a romantic with a sense of humor...a sometimes comic, sometimes tragic visionary."—Edward Hirsch
In his thirteenth collection, the 1998 National Book Award winner presents us with fifty-nine "Stern Sonnets," of twenty or so lines rather than the traditional fourteen. Using the events of his life as starting points, Gerald Stern deals with time and loss, with the dichotomy of light and darkness, and—always—with the possibility of joy. This stunning collection moves from autobiography to the visionary in ...

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Overview

"Stern is a romantic with a sense of humor...a sometimes comic, sometimes tragic visionary."—Edward Hirsch
In his thirteenth collection, the 1998 National Book Award winner presents us with fifty-nine "Stern Sonnets," of twenty or so lines rather than the traditional fourteen. Using the events of his life as starting points, Gerald Stern deals with time and loss, with the dichotomy of light and darkness, and—always—with the possibility of joy. This stunning collection moves from autobiography to the visionary in surges of memory and language that draw the reader from one poem to the next.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
“Stern writes as if he had to take notice of every single thing in the world.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393324969
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/19/2003
  • Pages: 76
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald Stern is the author of the National Book Award-winning This Time, the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize-winning Early Selected Poems, and other books. He has also been awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Wallace Stevens Award, among many other honors. He lives in Lambertville, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Winter Thirst 11
How a Word Can Breathe 12
June 13
Once 14
Aberdeen Proving Grounds, 1946 15
For the Bee 16
Alone 17
September, 1999 18
Rebecca 19
My Tenderness 20
You 21
First Light 22
My Stick 23
Flexible Flyer 24
Beechview 25
The Inkspots 26
Peaches 27
Exordium and Terminus 28
Bruce 29
Grass and Water 30
In Time 31
Les Neiges d'Antan 32
Sink 33
Mimi 34
All I Did for Him 35
Places You Wouldn't Believe 36
Pag 37
Hydrangea 38
Crosshatching 39
Spider 40
Dandelions 41
Hats 42
String Bean 43
Large Pots 44
Savel Kliatchko 45
Irishry 46
1940 LaSalle 47
Blue Sheets 48
Iris 49
Grand Hotel 50
Apocalypse 51
Sam and Morris 52
Burning 53
Studebaker 54
Standing Up 55
Cost 56
Still Burning 57
Samaritans 58
Roses 59
Letters 60
The Hammer 61
Hearts 62
Ted Rosenberg 63
Slash of Red 64
Salt 65
Egg 66
Box of Cigars 67
Justice 68
American Heaven 69
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