"Hazo speaks in these poems with impressive clarity, honesty, intelligence and courage. By turns philosophical and political, Hazo does not suffer fools gladly. . . . Here is a poet who understands not only language, but silence. We would do well to listen to the words and silences of Samuel Hazo."—Martín Espada, award-winning poet and author of Vivas to Those Who Have Failed: Poems
"These poems are engaging, personally warm, and stylistically poised, cultured and full of concern for family and friends. The candid voice of a man preoccupied with mortality and delighted with the details of a life among those he loves is an exemplary pleasure."—Brooks Haxton, author of They Lift Their Wings to Cry
For over fifty years, Hazo’s poetry has meditated on themes of mortality and love, passion and art, and courage and grace in a style that is unmistakably his own. In this new collection, he offers his most candid reflections on the passage of time and the tenderness of the present moment. By turns convivial and introspective, these poems explore the complex synchronicity between life and art, and the connections between the personal and the political. With sharp clarity and deep emotion, Hazo continues his pursuit of wisdom and discovery through the act of expression.
Samuel Hazo is founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, where he is also McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University. His books include And The Time Is, Stills, and This Part of the World. Among his translations are Adonis’s The Pages of Day and Night and Nadia Tuéni’s Lebanon: Poems of Love and War.