Howard Schwartz is the author of four previous books of poems: Vessels, Gathering the Sparks, Sleepwalking Beneath the Stars, and Breathing in the Dark. He is also the co-editor (with Anthony Rudolf) of Voices Within the Ark: The Modern Jewish Poets. His other books include Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism, which won the National Jewish Book Award, and Leaves from the Garden of Eden: One Hundred Classic Jewish Tales.
With art by Caren Loebel-Fried.
Praise for Howard Schwartz:
"That side of Judaism and that side of poetry which is dream-like, mythical, and memory-ridden is Schwartz's domain. His subject is the ineffable and the deeply human. His poems are plain and moving. Read him."
"I'm awed by the unity of vision and tone, by the incredible simplicity and resonance of the imagery. Each one of these poems contains a kernel of something uniquely seen and experienced. Or, put it this way: Not a proposition about a psychic equation, but the equation itself, resolving in the proposition."
"Howard Schwartz is a poet who has breathed in a lifetime of experience, and breathes out a lifetime of wisdom. To read his poems is to enter a state of meditation in which the two worlds of ordinary life and that of spirit are combined."