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A book of poems about “children” in the widest sense—from children of the Nazi-torn Warsaw ghettos to the American poor, as well as poems of domesticity, love, and daily life.

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A book of poems about “children” in the widest sense—from children of the Nazi-torn Warsaw ghettos to the American poor, as well as poems of domesticity, love, and daily life.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Rosenberg has the gift of connection, the ability to enter into an empathetic contract with the blind child, the impoverished workman, the alienated teenager, the elderly cardiac patient her unborn child—and to deal with this material impressively.”
—Maxine Kumin

"Liz Rosenberg is clearly a poet of great distinction in her generation. . . . She has a great compassion, an articulate and resourceful control, a very active center in the contemporary world's disposition and complex occassion. I am moved indeed by what she has to say."

—Robert Creeley

"At first glance, this is a collection of tragic loss. Perhaps first suggested by the book's striking cover, the death motif is powerful and direct. . . . Yet, upon closer reading, these are 'love poems scrawled, scratched out,/blotted with tears.' These are pieces that confront reality, that address the power of love that transcends all physical limitations and reason."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822955023
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Pages: 66
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Liz Rosenberg

Liz Rosenberg is associate professor of English at State University of New York - Binghamton University. Her poetry has been widely published and she is currently writing a column for the Boston Globe. Rosenberg is the winner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Prize, Paterson Prize, and Books of Distinction Award.

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Table of Contents

Where Were You? 3
Susquehanna 4
Wild World 5
The Blue-Flowered Bell 6
Because I Was Dying 8
In the Country of Dreamers 9
Bathtime 10
College Days 11
A Lesson in Anatomy 12
Be the One 13
Since Only Desire Is Infinite 14
The New Life 15
Pregnancy, First Trimester 17
The Noble Corpse 18
The Newborns 19
All Those Hours Alone in the Dark 20
The Dark Side 21
The Terrible Ones 22
Intensive Care Unit 23
Darkness with Flashes of Light 25
Admiring the Enemy 26
Pentimento 27
Third First Snow 28
The Poem of My Heart 29
After the Death of a Neighbor's Child 35
The Little Red Shoe 36
The Suffering 37
Dark Eyes 38
Ecco Homo 40
The Recitation 41
Fairy Tales 42
The Method 43
The First Child Martyr at Illinois Elementary 44
The Black Shoe 45
The Birthday Party 46
The Silence of Women 47
Fireworks 48
My Husband Takes a Photograph of Me 49
If Love Is Like the Rain 51
The Plum Seed 52
The Wedding 53
New Days 54
A Vanished World 55
Van Gogh's Potato Eaters 61
The Crucified 62
The Dalai Lama 63
Charity 64
The Details 65
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