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Little Kisses

Called “the master of the poetic one-liner” by the New York Times, acclaimed poet and critic Lloyd Schwartz takes his characteristic tragicomic view of life to some unexpected and disturbing places in this, his fourth book of poetry. Here are poignant and comic poems about personal loss—the mysterious disappearance of his oldest friend, his mother’s failing memory, a precious gold ring gone missing—along with uneasy love poems and poems about family, identity, travel, and art with all of its potentially recuperative power. Humane, deeply moving, and curiously hopeful, these poems are distinguished by their unsentimental but heartbreaking tenderness, pitch-perfect ear for dialogue, formal surprises, and exuberant sense of humor.

78 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2017

Phoenix Poets



"There’s a dreaminess to the collection...the sense of conversations with people from prior parts of life in moments just before waking."

Boston Globe

"In his poetry, Schwartz creates a warm and likable persona who uses verse as a means of dealing with a difficult world. Reading Little Kisses is reassuring – and that is a valuable attribute given the times we are living in."

The Arts Fuse

“Despite the sometimes-grave themes, [the collection] is uplifting and joyous. All in all, it is a very lively mix of poems that move with subtlety, wisdom, good humor, and sly erudition. There is great musicality here and lots of rewarding lyrical surprises.”

Consequence Magazine

“A major poet with a gentle, comic soul”

Roger Rosenblatt

Table of Contents

Little Kisses
My Other Grandmother
Lost Causes
The Conductor
City of Dreams
Six Words
Is Light Enough?
New Name
La Valse
Affonso Romano de Sant’Anna: Music for My Ashes
Two Mineiro Poems on the Love of Death
Music for My Ashes
Getting Ready the House
They Are Moving Along
Viktor Neborak: Fish
Affonso Romano de Sant’Anna: Tehran Spring
On the Rooftops of Iran
Zayande (“The One Who Gives Life”)
Tehran Spring
If You Lived Here You’d Be Home Now
Small Airport in Brazil
In Flight
To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like a Death
Two Plays
Jerry Garcia in a Somerville Parking Lot

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