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In Beauty Bright


Gerald Stern


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“Gerald Stern is the most expansively celebratory poet in years. He is akin to a natural force.”—Georgia Review

The lyric poems of In Beauty Bright, although marked by the same passion and swiftness as Gerald Stern’s previous work, move into an area of knowledge—even wisdom—that reflects a long life of writing, teaching, and activism. They are poems of grief and anger, but the music is delicate and moving.

from “In Beauty Bright”

In beauty-bright and such it was like Blake’s

lily and though an angel he looked absurd

dragging a lily out of a beauty-bright store

wrapped in tissue with a petal drooping,

nor was it useless—you who know it know

how useful it is—and how he would be dead

in a minute if he were to lose it though

how do you lose a lily?

Praise For In Beauty Bright: Poems

[Stern’s] style insinuates itself into your consciousness like a catchy tune, so that you find your thoughts echoing its rhythms, bopping from one to another, back and forth, like thought and language doing a jitterbug.
— Frank Wilson - Philadelphia Inquirer

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393086447, 128pp.

Publication Date: September 3, 2012

About the Author

Gerald Stern is the author of nineteen volumes of poetry. He has been awarded the National Book Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, the Wallace Stevens Award, and the Robert Frost Medal, among many other honors. He lives in New York City.