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A Primer on Parallel Lives

Gerber, Dan

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ISBN 10: 1556592531 / ISBN 13: 9781556592539
Published by Copper Canyon Press, 2007
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Title: A Primer on Parallel Lives

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Good

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Dan 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

Gerber’s got a Spanish soul. A bloody, dusty, old Spanish soul. He’s got Machado, Lorca, and Jiménez all rolled up in him. And when he does the lyric, or the meditative, it speaks to the universe and to us.” Line Break

Dan Gerber is a master of layered, bittersweet imagery. In his seventh book of poems, he writes of childhood misgivings and fears, the oak savannah landscape of California’s central coast, and a near-mystical relationship with nature. As novelist John Nichols once wrote of Gerber’s poetry, Dan Gerber has an exquisitely muted, yet profound understanding of tragedy, love, family, and the haunting vagaries of nature.”

Some Distance”

I wanted to be a stone in the field,
simply that,
and then I wanted to be the grass around it,
and then the cattle grazing
under the too blue sky,
and then the blue,

which has of itself
no substance,
and yet goes on and on and on.

Dan Gerber is the author of a dozen books of poetry, fiction, essays, and memoir. He has earned the Mark Twain Award, Book of the Year honors from ForeWord Magazine, and inclusion in The Best American Poetry. He lives in Santa Ynez, California.

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Dan Gerber is the author of a dozen books of poetry, fiction, essays, and memoir. He has received the Mark Twain Award, "Book of the Year" honors from Foreword magazine, and inclusion in Best American Poetry and The American Life in Poetry.

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