Dan Gerber is the author of seven previous volumes of poetry, most recently A Primer on Parallel Lives (Copper Canyon Press), as well as three novels, a collection of short stories, and two books of nonfiction. His awards include ForeWord magazine's Book of the Year Award in Poetry, the Michigan Author Award, and the Mark Twain Award. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The Nation, and Best American Poetry. (Author photo by Kam Jacoby)
Dan Gerber’s eighth collection of poetry, Sailing through Cassiopeia, richly layers and evokes the elegance of the commonplace with meditations on how to love a world that is beautiful but also monstrous. Though his work is illuminated by a range of masters—from those of the Chinese canon to Rainer Maria Rilke and Wallace Stevens—Gerber's voice is entirely his own. With a profound sense of history, philosophy, and poetics, he honors an immediate yet ever-changing world and its endangered landscapes.
“The clear directness of Dan Gerber’s poetry has distinguished it since I began reading it. The purity of his language and the sharpness of his attention present landscape, event, and feeling as one.”
“Gerber has a gentle touch and an unaffected, articulate voice that can be smart, funny, wise—sometimes all at the same time."
Copper Canyon Press