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Small Holes in the Universe by David Swerdlow
In Small Holes in the Universe, his first full-length collection, David Swerdlow captures the evanescent touch between humans and their world; hinting at narrative and lyrically engaging human experience in the context of the physical world, his poetry deeply embodies the worlds truths that are easy to know but difficult to name.
David Swerdlow lives in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania with his wife, Milagros, and their two daughters, Rebeccah Z and Eliana Rose. He teaches English and creative writing at Westminster College. The recipient of several awards for his writing, including the Rose Lefcowitz award for poetry from Poet Lore and two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, he has been a Fulbright professor of literature in Perú and a National Endowment on the Humanities fellow. His chapbook of poems, The Last Hill and the Wild Trees, was featured in The Ohio Review, and his poems and essays have appeared in many other distinguished journals, including West Branch, The Journal, The Beloit Poetry Journal and Luna. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Ohio University.
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We think of the meditative as grounded in the large-minded moment--in sweeping thought or stillness. David Swerdlows Small Holes in the Universe is a sustained meditation that neither spins nor toils in ideas or projects, but instead celebrates the specific gravities of daily life and its losses and gains and its place in the scheme of things. What is large here is the capacity of the heart and the music that contains it.--Stanley Plumly
What a great tenderness these poems have toward the richly-surfaced world we encounter here. From familiar scenes of America, to the internalized exoticism of Peru and Mexico, the sharp particularity of life is recalled, celebrated, wondered at. With these searching lyrics, David Swerdlow again and again investigates the metaphoric dimensions of life on earth.--Wayne Dodd
$16.00, 76 pages, ISBN: 0-9717371-2-6