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by Roy Jacobstein
 

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Winner of the 2002 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry

"Nothing in Roy Jacobstein's large experience––a union barbershop in mid-century Detroit, the obstetrics ward in a Cambodian refugee camp, the 'befuddlement' of childhood, the wisdom of the nursing child, the lab, the boardroom, the luminous common heritage of the printed page––nothing

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Winner of the 2002 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry

"Nothing in Roy Jacobstein's large experience––a union barbershop in mid-century Detroit, the obstetrics ward in a Cambodian refugee camp, the 'befuddlement' of childhood, the wisdom of the nursing child, the lab, the boardroom, the luminous common heritage of the printed page––nothing appears to have been lost on him or, thanks to him, on us. In a world beset with loss, this exhilarating, mindful, compassionate book allows us the dream of wholeness. It is tonic for the soul. It is (of how many books can this be said?) from poem to poem and vista to vista, good company."
—Linda Gregerson

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..."though Vegas was OK, watching the fruits spin on the slots, the purple neon splitting the sky. And sometimes the road kill can be really cool." From "Nuclear Family Vacation Blues" In this collection of 40 poems, Jacobstein writes on universal themes including love, loss, memory, and family. In doing so, the writer provides senior high school and adult readers with accessible poetry. He succeeds in making readers view ordinary things in new ways and excels in simultaneously employing wit and creating depth. The medical-inspired poems here are no surprise, as Jacobstein works internationally as a public health physician specializing in women's reproductive health. Knowledge of particular historical, artistic, and political details is helpful in catching some of this writer's references, but not mandatory for enjoying most of the collection's pieces. This book has potential for use beyond English classes, as the poet covers topics crossing several school subjects. Jacobstein is the winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and has been a finalist for the Academy of American Poets' Walt Whitman Award. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 61p.,
— Carol-Ann Hoyte

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ISBN-13:
9780299182540
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Series:
Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry Series , #2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author


Roy Jacobstein is a physician and former official of the United States Agency for International Development. He has received the Randall Jarrell Prize for his chapbook Blue Numbers, Red Life and has been a finalist for the Academy of American Poets' Walt Whitman Award. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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