How to Do Things With Tears (Paperback)

By Allen Grossman

New Directions, 9780811214643

Publication Date: May 17, 2001

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The award-winning poet's newest book of poems is heroic and of mythic proportions, showing the compassionate side of men. How to Do Things with Tears is a book of poems brought forth by the Sighted Singer, the poet who holds the central place in Allen Grossman's newest poetic work. "This is a how-to book," Grossman explains. "The heroic singer of tradition is blind. A new singer in this present must be sighted. In this book the poet intends to say something, insofar as a poet can, about the common sadness of living and dying in the world." Like the blind bard of old, Grossman's Sighted Singer conjures visions both high and low, in mythopoetic resonances that excite the sorrows and the laughter of the gods and men.

About the Author

Allen Grossman was born in 1932 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Witter Brynner Prize for Poetry, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He was professor of English at Brandeis University and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at the Johns Hopkins University.