Death Watch: A View from the Tenth Decade

Gerald Stern (Author)

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$18.95  $17.43
Trinity University Press
Publish Date
February 14, 2017
4.9 X 0.7 X 6.9 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Gerald Stern's recent books of poetry are Divine Nothingness, In Beauty Bright, Early Collected Poems: 1965-1992, Save the Last Dance, This Time: New and Selected Poems, which won the National Book Award, Odd Mercy, and Bread without Sugar. His honors include the Award of Merit Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Paris Review's Bernard F. Conners Award, the Bess Hokin Award from Poetry, the Ruth Lilly Prize, four National Endowment for the Arts grants, the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from the American Poetry Review, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2005 Stern received the Wallace Stevens Award for mastery in the art of poetry. For many years a teacher at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, Stern lives in Lambertville, NJ.


"There is no warning as to where Jerry, as his many friends call him, will strike next as he roams about his long and productive life." -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Gerald Stern is one of those writers whose 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." -- Philadelphia Inquirer

"Stern is a romantic with a sense of humor...a sometimes comic, sometimes tragic visionary." -- Edward Hirsch

"Ruthless and occasionally outrageous, Stern's literary songs are sharp, surprising, and unerring in their delivery." -- Ploughshares

"For over two decades, no one has equaled Stern's compassionate, surreal parables about the burden of and the exaltation at being alive." -- Library Journal"In 29 vignettes, essays and memories recorded over 212 pages, Stern writes of a life characterized by clarity of vision and tremendous chutzpah." -- San Antonio Express-News