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Chair in the Desert

Chess, Richard

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ISBN 10: 1879852675 / ISBN 13: 9781879852679
Published by University of Tampa Press, Tampa, FL, 2000
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A Fine copy in tan cloth of this poetry collection, in a Fine dust jacket. Nicely inscribed and signed by the author. Bookseller Inventory # 019572

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Title: Chair in the Desert

Publisher: University of Tampa Press, Tampa, FL

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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The season is late summer. The cities are Philadelphia and Jerusalem. The wildernesses are desert and mountain. The voices are those of a man and a woman on paths where God and demons are at strife, on public beaches and city streets, in therapists’ offices and synagogues, in the Jersey Pine Barrens and at the Western Wall, at klezmer concerts and supermarkets, on boulevards, and in backyards and beds. Lament, lure, confession, enjoinder, boast, prayer, plea—the poems in Richard Chess’s Chair in the Desert pick up where he left off in Tekiah, his first book. These new poems invite us to rise and tremble in the presence of the new day and to make of our midnight wrestling and restlessness a psalm.

About the Author:

Richard Chess directs the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where he is associate professor of literature and language. His poetry has been widely published in periodicals and in anthologies including Telling and Remembering: A Century of American-Jewish Poetry (Beacon Press, 1997) and Ravishing DisUnities: An Anthology of Real Ghazals (Wesleyan, 2000). His first book of poems, Tekiah, was published by the University of Georgia Press in 1994.

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