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Edgewater: Poems [Paperback]

Ruth L Schwartz
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July 11 2002 National Poetry Series

"In Edgewater, her powerfully moving and redemptive third collection, Ruth L. Schwartz writes with consummate passion, precision, and honesty of the raw hungers that give rise to the world, human and natural. In poems both lyrical and grit-laced, she grapples with her twofold, central question: How can we love fully, open-eyed and openhearted amid all the flaws and beauty, each other and the world? How could we not?" -- Jane Hirshfield

"Ruth L. Schwartz will settle for nothing less than the essential. Her passionate poems are alive to the vulnerability of the body, the daily possibility of joy, and the deep struggle not only to make sense of, but to affirm a world where the terrorists 'opened fire: / as if it were a box, now cracked, / consuming its own lid and hinges, / sparking out, unstoppable, / into the tender, / flammable world. . . "' -- Mark Doty

"Ruth L. Schwartz has reached a level of poetic maturity that we're used to seeing only in the best of our American poetry.... She assumes a public voice in these poems, which speak to us rather than at us in the way they offer moral solutions to the problems of our modern world. She does this ... by reaching after and trying to understand the natural world and her place therein, and by modulating her poems with a subtle, ghostly music which has the capacity to lull us into understanding more about ourselves and about the wonderful ambiguities of living life,most fully." -- Bruce Weigl


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...a level of poetic maturity that we're used to seeing only in the best of our American poetry.... -- Bruce Weigl, author of The Circle of Hanh

Ruth L. Schwartz will settle for nothing less than the essential. -- Mark Doty

Ruth Schwartz writes with consummate passion, precision, and honesty of the raw hungers that give rise to the world.... -- Jane Hirshfield

About the Author

Ruth L. Schwartz was born in 1962 and spent her childhood and early adulthood moving around the United States. She left home at age sixteen, received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her M.F.A. from the University of Michigan, then settled in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1985. She worked as an AIDS educator for many years, and has taught creative writing at Cleveland State University and Goddard College. She teaches at California State University, Fresno.

Schwartz's first book, Accordion Breathing and Dancing, won the 1994 Associated Writing Programs Award and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1996. Her second book, Singular Bodies, won the 2000 Anhinga Prize for Poetry and was published by Anhinga Press in 2001.

Schwartz has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Astraea Foundation. Her other honors and awards include two Nimrod/Pablo Neruda Awards, two Chelsea Awards for Poetry, the New Letters Literary Award, the North Carolina Writers' Network Randall Jarrell Prize, Kalliope magazine's Sue Saniel Elkind Award, and a Reader's Choice Award from Prairie Schooner.


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5.0 out of 5 stars YES! June 29 2003
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This is a book to be read cover to cover...the poems progress that way, weaving in and out of personal experience to Edgewater, (both lake and metaphor), and back to personal experience again. And what experience!!! That of a sensitivity most deeply in touch with the world and the heart. A sensitivity that accepts life's hard places and embraces its wonderments. An unflinching sensuality. Always brave, always loving, these poems should be taken on a walk, or read in a forest, or on a beach or on a plane. You should read them and read them again (I have), because they say what you have always wanted to say and couldn't.
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This is a book to be read cover to cover...the poems progress that way, weaving in and out of personal experience to Edgewater, (both lake and metaphor), and back to personal experience again. And what experience!!! That of a sensitivity most deeply in touch with the world and the heart. A sensitivity that accepts life's hard places and embraces its wonderments. An unflinching sensuality. Always brave, always loving, these poems should be taken on a walk, or read in a forest, or on a beach or on a plane. You should read them and read them again (I have), because they say what you have always wanted to say and couldn't.
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