Manual for Living


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University of Pittsburgh Press
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5.7 X 0.4 X 9.0 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Sharon Dolin is the author of five previous poetry collections: Whirlwind; Burn and Dodge, winner of the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry; Realm of the Possible; Serious Pink; and Heart Work, as well as five poetry chapbooks. She teaches poetry workshops at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y and Poets House and directs the Center for Book Arts Annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition in New York City. She also directs and teaches in the international workshop, Writing About Art in Barcelona.


"A powerfully gifted psalmist, Sharon Dolin creates in the 'Of Hours' section of her book a singular world of praise and pain. Charged with biblical echoes and reminiscent of the religious poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, her language strains and buckles to give voice to her yearning, as God ('you') appears and disappears, hour by hour."
--Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, author of The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious
"Employing a sparkling linguistic palette, Dolin's poems rejoice, mourn a little, and then laugh at life's reality of not knowing the future, the divine, or one's own purpose."
"Manual for Living contains poems that bloom via rhyme and wordplay into complex and disarming self-knowledge and self-instruction. There is comfort and delight in the movement and mind of these poems."
--Matthea Harvey
Past praise for Sharon Dolin:
"In Whirlwind, Sharon Dolin's trademark quick wit and candor are infused with an uncanny mix of flirt and fury. . . . Whirlwind is a book of wonderful whimsy, grace, and bite."
--Terrance Hayes
Past praise for Sharon Dolin:
"She writes at the edge of compression, with such pop to her lines that I'm reminded of Auden's definition of poetry--'memorable speech.'"
--Bob Hicok, on Burn and Dodge