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Death Watch: A Meditation
In Death Watch, the National Book Award-winning poet Gerald Stern uses powerful prose to sift through personal and prophetic history and contemplate his own mortality. Characteristically audacious, uncompromising, funny, and iconoclastic, Stern looks back at his life and forward in time to how his story will play out. Wrestling with his identity in Judaism, he explores how ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Trinity University Press
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Apr 30, 2018 Mike Zickar rated it really liked it · review of another edition
An enjoyable and quick read. A group of short essays written by this eminent poet while in his late 80s; most of the essays relate to the theme of death, though he reminiscences on lost loves, labor history, and a life of reading and writing. These are comfortable essays that touch on deep topics but in a way that aren't pretentious.
Gerald Stern, the author of seventeen poetry collections, has won the National Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the Ruth Lilly Prize, and the Wallace Stevens Award, among others. He lives in Lambertville, New Jersey.