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Blood Song

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"Blood Song" is the first full-length collection by poet Michael Schmeltzer.

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There is a radical nostalgia at the heart of "Blood Song," a nostalgia that recovers the wounds of experience and brings it to a rich, imaginative culmination. In this way, the books title is profoundly apt: on the one hand, Michael Schmeltzers poems are about blood and the
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Paperback, 106 pages
Published February 17th 2016 by Two Sylvias Press (first published 2016)
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Kendra
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Stunning. Each poem in this collection is a small and gorgeous devastation. I'm still reeling. I'm not sure I'll ever stop.
Matt
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The poems in this collection show off Schmeltzer's tremendous gift of taking a single moment and distilling it from the few seconds that it lasts into the timeless echoes of memory and pain.
Tabitha Blankenbiller
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Haunting and all-encompassing, Schmeltzer's voice will be associated with 21st century poetry for years to come. This book is a fantastic introduction into his work.
Jennifer
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very somber book as you might guess from the title. There were recurring themes of relationships with a mother and father, and their loss, as well as other forms of loss: loss of a child, loss by suicide, and just feeling lost. The language is beautiful throughout.
Leslie Herbert
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to read Michael's poems multiple times. The imagery is so thick and full that I can't process it all in one reading. His work illuminates moments in time, big moments, but distills them into the fragments of memory that hit you like bricks. It's like reading someone's dreams.
Julene
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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In his first full size book "Blood Song" Michael Schmeltzer writes poems about family, loss and growing up half Japanese. The poem that sits apart at the beginning before the two sections, "Phoenix-Tongue," asks, "How should families speak of/paper and people enduring the feral infernos?" A good heading poem for this book with so much: grief (from the poem "Because Your Father Died On Our Anniversary," "I remember how he slipped/into death like a man/plunging into a half-frozen lake."); blood ...more
C
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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He may only have one chapbook and one full length collection under his belt, but these two have cemented Schmeltzer as one of my favorite poets.

I could go on and on about his staggeringly graceful sense of word play, his ability to make a small darkness mean so much, a small light so illuminating... I could. But all I really want to say is that I had goosebumps take hold over me on at least five occasions while reading this collection.

This is fantastic writing and I can't wait to read more from
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"Mesrobians Go Thrifting" and "Life Sentence" will kill you.
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