The End of Michelangelo


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Copper Canyon Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Dan Gerber's Trying to Catch the Horses (MSU Press) received
Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Award in Poetry, and A Primer on Parallel
(Copper Canyon) won the Michigan Notable Book Award. His work has appeared in many journals and
anthologies, including The New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, and The Sun. Along with poetry collections, Gerber has
published three novels, a collection of short stories, and two books of
nonfiction. He and his wife Debbie live with their menagerie, domestic and
wild, in the mountains of California's Central Coast.


Praise for The End of Michelangelo"If poetry can lay claim to a healing or restorative power, it may well be found in Gerber's poetry. In this, his 10th collection (after Particles: New and Selected Poems), Gerber draws on personal memories and the Central California landscape to reveal the fleeting, everyday marvels which are always available to us if we pay enough attention. . . . The poet's Zen openness to nature attunes him to synthesize what he sees with what he feels through spare but immediate language, summing up his poetics in one concise sentence: 'Without poetry the visible and invisible/ worlds wouldn't be aware of each other.' VERDICT A timeless oasis of quietude in our contemporary maelstrom of uncertainty and apprehension, Gerber's poetry vividly reminds us that while 'the scale of pleasure ascends into terror.../ the pleasure is in being alive.'--Library Journal
"In the walk toward death's horizon or in the wake of death's intervention into our daily existence, we often turn to poems for consolation, for insight and illumination, as a tether to pull us across the chasm of loss and absence. The poems in Gerber's tenth book of poetry, The End of Michelangelo, are a fine and priceless gift, a worthy addition to millennia of writing that considers what it means to age and to pass from our earthly bodies."--New York Journal of Books
"This is Dan Gerber at his most celebratory and most deliberate, embodying the beauty and belief of poetry's power and purpose, particularly in desperate times; poetry that alerts us to living fully and completely as 'some beacon of delight / with the sadness of things'."--Minderbinder Review of Books
Praise for Dan Gerber"Gerber's poems acknowledge both the fragility of the times we live in and how very much alive we still are."--Santa Barbara Independent
Gerber tenderly reels his readers through the 'beautiful movie' he calls the
passing of time on earth in a language completely unadorned and Zen-like in its
quietude. The thing itself carries the weight of these poems, which recall the
deep imagery of Vallejo, Neruda and Wright." --Rain Taxi

delicious imagery, masterful pacing, and long-sanded language, Gerber...
maintains a continual curiosity and gentleness of spirit despite his keen
awareness of the world's inevitable horrors."--Orion

Gerber really starts to differentiate is in his approach: he frequently focuses
with sustained intensity on something fairly ordinary or easily observed until
it leads him to the unseen or not so easily discerned. He is really a
metaphysical poet in physical garb."--World Literature Today

clear directness of Dan Gerber's poetry has distinguished it since I began
reading it. The purity of his language and the sharpness of his attention
present landscape, event, and feeling as one." --W.S. Merwin

has a gentle touch and an unaffected, articulate voice that can be smart,
funny, wise--sometimes all at the same time." --Library Journal

are beautiful meditative poems of surprise and wonder fully engaged with the
world of experience, which he regards with a sacramental reverence." --Society
of Midland Authors Book of the Year Award in Poetry

poetry explores everyday experiences and images, successfully converting them
into something unique and magical." --Library of Michigan

seeing things as they really are, both beauty and ugliness, informs the
authentic life, and defines the aesthetic response to that life."--Poetry

is one of the most adept and accessible of the poets who explore the meaning of
humans, relation with earth and existence itself." --Foreword