Goodnight, Gracie by Lloyd Schwartz
(Phoenix Poets)

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With Gracie Allen as their uninhibited Muse, Lloyd Schwartz's poems strike an unusual balance between comedy and pathos. His exuberant interest in the social world is qualified by a poignant sense of time and mortality, and of the interior, inaccessible zones of life.

"Like a latter-day Whitman, an addict of contraries or its victim, Schwartz sets out to understand that network in as many ways as his imagination allows. Once you get the hang of what Schwartz is tuning into, you can't stop tuning into it yourself. . . .A master of timing."—Robyn Selman, Voice Literary Supplement

"[Schwartz's] poems seem to think in musical structures; he hears those evanescent snatches of conversation that compose our emotional lives, recognizes their fluid importance, and organizes them for us."—Stephen Tapscott, Boston Phoenix

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Lloyd Schwartz is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the classical music critic for National Public Radio's Fresh Air and the Boston Phoenix. He is the author of two previous books of poetry, "These People" and "Goodnight, Gracie," and his poems have appeared in the "New Yorker," "Atlantic Monthly," and "The Best American Poetry," In 1994, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
Published May 1, 1992 by University Of Chicago Press. 114 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Just as George Burns's dialogues with Gracie Allen once taught that apparent wrong turns in conversation often lead to true understanding, Schwartz's poems meander wisely through unexpected territory.

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