Praising the Paradox

Tina Schumann (Author)


This full collection of fifty-six poems reflecting on the concept of self, loss, fragility, and the constructs we must create in order to face the transient nature of life was named a finalist in the National Poetry Series, The New Issues Poetry Prize, The Four Way Books Intro Prize, and others. It was also listed as a "remarkable work" in the Tupelo Press 2012 open submission period

Product Details

$17.95  $16.51
Red Hen Press
Publish Date
July 09, 2019
5.9 X 0.3 X 9.0 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Tina Schumann is the author of the poetry collections As If (Parlor City Press, 2010), which was awarded the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize, and Requiem: A Patrimony of Fugues (Diode Editions, 2017), which won the 2016 Diode Editions chapbook competition. Her work was a finalist in the National Poetry Series, Four Way Books Intro Prize, and the New Issues Prize. She is the recipient of the 2009 American Poet Prize from The American Poetry Journal and a Pushcart nominee. She is the curator and editor of the anthology Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents (Red Hen Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in various publications and anthologies since 1999 including The American Journal of Poetry, Ascent, Cimarron Review, Crab Creek Review, Midwest Quarterly, Nimrod, Palabra, Parabola, Poemeleon, Poetry International,, and The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. Read more about Tina at


Tina Schumann's stunning new collection is extraordinary in its intelligence. She has organized her poems by locating the innumerable paradoxes in our lives, in our minds, in the world. Her book is brilliantly unique and, I dare say, unrepeatable; she owns this territory. And what is so important about a paradox? The answer is that paradox is what the world is made of. The other (necessary) ingredient here is feeling. Praising the Paradox will make you feel, think, and reflect. Schumann's lines will resonate in your heart. They will resonate in mine forever.
--Kelly Cherry, Poet Laureate of Virginia (2010-2012) and author of Quartet for J. Robert Oppenheimer: A Poem.

Tina Schumann's Praising the Paradox is a rich guidebook for a life - a grand companion. These deeply satisfying poems with their lush images and fluid sound movements unfold in elegance, settling the spirit. In every stanza, Schumann's honest voice feels compelling and humble - "what radiant resignation to be so much less than I could have ever hoped for" - offering largeness of vision, grace, and enormous reading pleasure. "I simply left/blank spaces along the way; an ellipse here, a dash there." Nothing forced, nothing labored. What a treat.
--Naomi Shihab Nye, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and author of 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East and Voices in the Air.

What I admire most in Praising the Paradox is the resilience throughout, and an awareness of the common world that both comforts and devastates. These poems navigate a landscape of loss where what goes on is the sway of stoplights, the waitress with her coffee-pot suspended in mid-air, the everyday moments that gather momentum and make a life. These poems celebrate the small gestures, carrying pain alongside joy, reminding us we are alive.
--Dorianne Laux, author of The Book of Men, winner of the Paterson Prize and Facts About the Moon, winner of the Oregon Book Award.