What I Can't Bear Losing
Essays by Gerald SternEngaging coming-of-age essays from one of America’s most-beloved poets
Gerald Stern’s poetry has been variously praised for its visionary quality, its scope and passion, but most especially for its wholehearted embrace of life. Stern’s special manner of joie de vivre is immediately evident in his prose pieces as well. In this collection of personal essays, Stern speaks to the ...
“National Book Award–winning poet Stern brings the same renowned voice to prose, from a life that began in 1925 in what he recalls as the ‘Calvinist’ Pittsburgh of his immigrant Russian parents.” — Kirkus Review
“Stern offers ravishingly poetic inquiries into everything from the Jewish Sabbath to the tree of life to love, posing crucial questions of forgiveness and charity. Not only did Stern become a poet against all odds, he has remained a warrior, a seeker, and a writer of conscience.” — Booklist