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We Weep for Our Strangeness
Dennis Schmitz

Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry

Carnegie Mellon
2008 • 80 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$16.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-486-5

A reissuing of We Weep for Our Strangeness, poems by Dennis Schmitz.

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.”

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Reviews / Endorsements

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

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

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.

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