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Days of Wonder: New and Selected Poems
     

Days of Wonder: New and Selected Poems

by Grace Schulman
 

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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,

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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 for finding each other."

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618340828
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/14/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(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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