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A collection of poems in which Pat "encourages us to dare to leave behind our old selves" -Sandra Martz. "This collection is particularly exciting because it offers the arc of Schneider's work from some favorite early poems through new work that reflects the range of her commitment to social justice, her humor, and the exploration of intimate landscapes and relationships." -Sue Walker, poet and founder/editor, Negative Capability Press
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Pat Schneider has published six books with several publishers, including House and Negative Capability Press. All are distributed by Amherst Writers & Artists Press.
Her poetry, plays and fiction have appeared in more than a hundred literary journals and magazines (Ms. Magazine; The Sewanee Review; The Sun; Minnesota Review; Kalliope; Exquisite Corpse, etc.) Her libretti have been recorded by the Louisville Symphony and performed by Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony in Boston's Symphony Hall and in Carnegie Hall, New York City. Following the death of Martin Luther King, Pat worked with African American composer Flo Clark to create three oratorios for a 40 voice all-Black choir. These works were performed throughout the New England . Fourteen of her plays have been produced, nine published. There are more than 300 recorded productions of her plays in this country and in Europe. Her fiction and nonfiction is represented by Witherspoon Associates, New York.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE JOURNEY
The self you leave behind
is only a skin you have outgrown.
Don't grieve for it.
Look to the wet, raw, unfinished
self, the one you are becoming.
The world, too, sheds its skin:
politicians, cataclysms, ordinary days.
It's easy to lose this tenderly
unfolding moment. Look for it
as if it were the first green blade
after a long winter. Listen for it
as if it were the first clear tone
in a place where dawn is heralded by bells.
And if all that fails,
wash your own dishes.
Stand in your kitchen at your sink.
Let cold water run between your fingers.
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Book Description Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0941895173