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It's About Time
Stanley Moss




Hopewell
2015 • 182 pp. 6 1/2 x 9"
Poetry

$14.95 Paperback, 978-1-937679-55-2

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“I’ve loved Stanley's poems since I first encountered a poem of his in Poetry magazine in John Berryman’s office when I was nineteen. Again and... [continued in Reviews below]”—W.S. Merwin,

Poetry of the highest order

“I’ve loved Stanley's poems since I first encountered a poem of his in Poetry magazine in John Berryman’s office when I was nineteen. Again and again, coming upon a poem of Stanley Moss’s, I have had the feeling of being taken by surprise. Not simply by the eloquence or the direct authenticity of the language, for I had come to expect those in his poems. The surprise arose from the nature of his poetry itself, and from the mystery that his poems confront and embody, which makes them both intense and memorable. ”—W.S. Merwin

“Magisterial . . . this book is magnificent. I’ve read it several times with greater and greater pleasure. Its verbal generosity and bravura, its humanity, the quality and quantity of information which it integrates into poetry of the highest order make it a continuing delight.”—Marilyn Hacker

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Reviews / Endorsements

“I’ve loved Stanley's poems since I first encountered a poem of his in Poetry magazine in John Berryman’s office when I was nineteen. Again and again, coming upon a poem of Stanley Moss’s, I have had the feeling of being taken by surprise. Not simply by the eloquence or the direct authenticity of the language, for I had come to expect those in his poems. The surprise arose from the nature of his poetry itself, and from the mystery that his poems confront and embody, which makes them both intense and memorable.”—W.S. Merwin

“Magisterial . . . this book is magnificent. I’ve read it several times with greater and greater pleasure. Its verbal generosity and bravura, its humanity, the quality and quantity of information which it integrates into poetry of the highest order make it a continuing delight.”—Marilyn Hacker

“Open Stanley Moss's book anywhere and you come shockingly upon both wisdom and beauty. The pace, the strategy, the wit, the knowledge, are astonishing. He has been hiding for decades now, in full sight.”—Gerald Stern

“The poetry of the ages is an argument with God, so it is said; but not many poets attempt it today. Stanley Moss does. In many voices, in lines rugged yet eloquent, in different places and with various learnings, he sings us songs of his unbelievable belief, his unlovable love songs of anguish, songs any of us would sing if we could. I find them disconcerting and extraordinarily moving.”—Hayden Carruth

From the Book:

I'll take her to the hill
Near the olive tree.
Can I do it in the daylight?
I'm afraid what I shall see.

Not all the graves I've dug,
Dry and wide and deep,
Can hold the sweetness
Of my daughter not asleep.

In our village someone
Must dig the graves for all,
Her death has just begun
Under her prayer shawl.

My shovel is my cross.
My shovel cannot bless.
My child, I must soil
Your white lace dress.



Among STANLEY MOSS’S books is the recently published God Breaketh Not All Men's Hearts Alike (2011). 



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