Days of Wonder: New and Selected Poems

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Attesting to Grace Schulman's gifts for her craft, Days of Wonder collects verse spanning nearly three decades, including ten new poems and selections from the poet's four previous collections. Schulman's well-crafted lyrics contain equal portions of reverence and lament, praise and joy. Many of her poems communicate a sense of wonder at the beauty of the world, with references to painters and poets and religion. As William Stafford has written, Schulman "renews our faith in ourselves and in the language we use ...

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Overview

Attesting to Grace Schulman's gifts for her craft, Days of Wonder collects verse spanning nearly three decades, including ten new poems and selections from the poet's four previous collections. Schulman's well-crafted lyrics contain equal portions of reverence and lament, praise and joy. Many of her poems communicate a sense of wonder at the beauty of the world, with references to painters and poets and religion. As William Stafford has written, Schulman "renews our faith in ourselves and in the language we use for finding each other."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Distinguished professor of English at the City University of New York, poetry editor of the Nation, a former director of New York's famed 92nd Street Y Poetry Center and author of four previous books from 1976's Burning Down the Icons to Paintings of Our Lives, released earlier this year Schulman has been a highly visible advocate for poetry. In a characteristic Schulman poem, large, difficult questions resonate in the small, singular moments of appreciation: a lover's late discovery of apples, "iron fences/ handwrought with lyres, Greek frets, acanthus leaves," or even "the Life Insurance Company's golden/ pyramid that strews gold dust on black hair." There are allusions to canonical painters and canonical poems, and a variety of religious references, which engender equal portions of reverence and lament. Many of the poems' small pleasures are found amid sometimes difficult, sometimes serene backdrops: "Downtown, in my brick aerie, the late sun/ stripes a bare wall saffron, orange, and brown;/ Bach on CDs, my love and I look down/ from small but lustrous rooms, our residence." The appearance of this book so soon after Paintings, which is generously excerpted here (23 poems) and which is set to be reprinted in paperback February 12, is thus puzzling, since this volume, which includes 10 new poems, is certain to quickly supercede it. Yet Schulman's well-crafted lyrics are well-packaged here, and their joyous descriptions and welcoming aspect should please the curious and converted alike. As one new poem puts it, "pitched forward to hear the whirlwind's reply,/ she shook a fist, then opened hands in praise." (Feb. 16) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Schulman keeps busy as poetry editor at the Nation and Distinguished Professor of English at Baruch College, but she still has time to write poetry clear and calm as a stilled lake yet abundant with joy. The poems collected here span three decades. (LJ 3/1/02) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618340828
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/14/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,401,898
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Grace Schulman is the author many acclaimed books of poetry, including Days of Wonder: New and Selected Poems , a Library Journal Best Book of the Year. For her poetry she has received a Guggenheim fellowship, the Aiken-Taylor Award, the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, New York University’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and three Pushcart prizes. Schulman is a distinguished professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY. She is a former director of the Poetry Center (1978–1984) and a former poetry editor of The Nation (1971–2006).

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Table of Contents

From Burn Down the Icons (1976)
The Abbess of Whitby 3
Whitby Abbey 4
Written on a Road Map 5
Names 6
Horses on the Grass 7
That Maple 8
Street Dance in Barcelona 9
Surely as Certainty Changes 10
The Other Side of Humankind 11
Poetry Editor 13
The Examination: Remembrance of Words Lost 16
In the Country of Urgency, There Is a Language 20
Birds on a Blighted Tree 22
Epithalamion 23
Spain, 1964 24
Burial of a Fisherman in Hydra 25
Recovery 26
Burn Down the Icons 28
Moon 30
Letter to Helen 31
From Hemispheres (1984)
Blessed Is the Light 37
City of Many Names 38
Let There Be Translators! 40
Sutton Hoo Ship Burial 41
Songs of My Fathers 43
Hemispheres 44
Easy as Wind 45
Morning Song 46
Losses 47
The Stars and the Moon 48
The Messenger 49
The Flight 50
Images of Gravity 51
The Marsh 53
Small Meteor 54
Instructions for a Journey 55
From For That Day Only (1994)
For That Day Only 59
The Present Perfect 63
After the Division 66
Footsteps on Lower Broadway 69
New Netherland, 1654 73
The Button Box 76
Home Movie 78
Site 79
Crossing the Square 81
Notes from Underground: W. H. Auden on the Lexington Avenue IRT 83
God's Letters 84
Urban Bestiary 86
Expulsion 88
False Move 91
The Wedding 92
Julian of Norwich 94
Rescue in Pescallo 95
El Greco's Saint James, the Less 103
Carrion 104
Two Trees 106
The Luxembourg Gardens 107
From The Paintings of Our Lives (2001)
Prayer 115
God Speaks 117
Eve's Unnaming 118
Chaim Soutine 120
Poem Ending with a Phrase from the Psalms 122
Psalm for an Anniversary 123
Balm in Gilead 125
No Strings 126
In the Cafe 127
Carnegie Hill Birdlore 128
Blue Dawn 129
December 130
American Solitude 131
Storm Watch 134
Young Woman Drawing, 1801 135
Black and White 136
Margaret Fuller 138
The Dancers 140
Brooklyn Bridge 141
Henry James Revisiting, 1904 144
The Paintings of Our Lives 146
Last Requests 148
One Year Without Mother 150
1 What Can You Believe? 150
2 The Piano 151
3 Things 152
4 Ceremony 153
5 Words in the Dark 154
6 Ring Sale 155
7 Eagle 156
8 The Fall 157
9 Keeper 158
10 A Goldsmith in His Shop 159
11 The Lesson of a Tree 160
12 Lamentation Scene 161
13 Offering 162
14 Credo 163
15 Requiem 164
New Poems
Repentance of an Art Critic, 1925 167
Flags 170
1932 171
Jewish Cemetery, Eleventh Street 173
Job's Question on Nevis 174
Long Winter Dusk 175
Grandmother's Sea 176
Steps 178
Bitter Spring 180
An Empty Surfboard on a Quiet Sea 181
Notes 183
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