The Scheme of Things (Paperback)

By Hilde Weisert

Wordtech Communications, 9781625491510, 118pp.

Publication Date: August 2, 2015

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With craft, musicality, and humor, Hilde Weisert's poems illuminate the complex interconnectedness of the scheme of things, letting us see in new ways friendship, family, place, illness, and war; and even the nature of poetry itself.

Cover art by James Haba.

Praise For The Scheme of Things

"Hilde Weisert’s quiet, versatile poetic voice, fully at ease in narrative and lyric, is distinguished by vivid accuracy of thought and speech, modest but absolute courage in choice of subject, a dry, sweet humor, and a generosity of spirit that brings me back to her book again and again." – Ursula Le Guin

"Worldly, capacious, melancholy, as if old friends were on a walk together, Hilde Weisert’s poems recall and respond to events from Paris to Hungary to Brooklyn. A daughter greets a father in an ship terminal; a woman watches an octopus open a jar; a pianist chooses to play Russian music in America’s cold-war McCarthy era. This poet’s intelligent, quizzical takes on human history (and folly) mix science with philosophy—and pulse to the beat of the American songbook, too. Don’t miss “The Editor,” a poem about writing itself, or “The Payment” with its intimate, yet angled view of daughters, or “Away,” where the poet lures her free-verse heart into a taut sonnet. Hilde Weisert’s sympathetic genius shines in The Scheme of Things." - Molly Peacock

"Hilde Weisert's The Scheme of Things is a compelling and haunting book that explores the many layers of family, friendship, feminism, art ,and the impact of the past on the present. Weisert's powerful voice is at times wise, wry, worldly, but always compassionate as she takes the reader on an odyssey that includes this country, Paris, and even Hungary, but also the past. Weisert is the consummate poet when it comes to language.I can't think of another poet whose language is so exquisite, original ,and luminous." - Laura Boss (Editor, Lips; Author of Arms: New and Selected Poems ( Guernica Editions))