We Weep for Our Strangeness

We Weep for Our Strangeness

by Dennis Schmitz


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Dennis Schmitz is an original among American poets because of his knotty, lucid classical sensibility. These bucolic poems and elegies explore such experiences as the birth of a foal, the slow, miraculous growth of a glacier, and how a man can “grow from the inside/like a tree breaks whole from the seed.” These are the kind of poems one returns to when one feels that edgy, unmistakeable, pure desire to read poetry in “all its rawness.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887484865
Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Series: Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

DENNIS SCHIMTZ was raised in Iowa and earned degrees at Loras College and the University of Chicago. He is the author of seven books of poetry, including The Truth Squad (Copper Canyon, 2002). He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Shelley Memorial Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He taught for more than thirty years at California State University in Sacramento.

Table of Contents

Eclogues • Eclogues II • Eclogues III Before the Coming of Winter • The Fishing • The Heavy Ribs • There Is No Sound • It Is the Key • The Wounded Doe • If I Could Meet God • The Rabbit Leaves • For an Unknown Hunter • Samuel Glen, 14: Found in Our Woods in Spring Poem for My Birthday • A Man Comes to the Middle • Georgic: In the Manner of Virgil's Advice, the Charges of the Season Dispelled, the Cycles Defined • Georgic: In the Manner of Virgil Beginning with an Admonition on • (3) Poems Done in the Ancient Manner Beginning with the Spurious Fragment "After the Battle" • The Death of Shelley • Glacier • Vietnam • Poem that I Might Survive the Winter • The Summers Sun Self-Portrait • It Is Here Inside Me • The Roots • Virgil: Georgics, Book IV • Isolation at an Early Long Island Party • The Pain of Forever Blossoming • The Stranger in the Woods • The Rescue

What People are Saying About This

Hayden Carruth

"A man of poetic intelligence . . . a superb technician . . . a real pleasure to read."

David Young

"If Schmitz’s poems are still comparatively neglected, they will be read long after work that is currently fashionable has been forgotten."

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