In Conversation With Jacob Scheier, Part I

“Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark, And shares the nature of infinity.” – William Wordsworth Jacob Scheier writes essays, poetry, and journalism. His book More to Keep Us Warm won the 2008 Governor General’s Award for poetry. He was born in Toronto because his parents, on returning from an activist mission in Palestine, were not allowed to re-enter the United States. His poetic landscape is made up of memories of New York, Judaism, his family’s radical communism, and the tragedy of his mother’s early death. His most recent book of poems, Letter From Brooklyn, was just recommended here in “The … Continue reading In Conversation With Jacob Scheier, Part I

The Unbearable Beauty of the Open, Hurting Heart

Letter from Brooklyn Poems by Jacob Scheier Publisher: ECW Press Yes, there is joy, fulfillment and companionship—but the loneliness of the soul in its appalling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering. – Sylvia Plath I don’t normally like postmodern confessional free verse, but this tome caught my attention because of the sheer density of its “aha” moments. You know how that feels; it’s when you hear something new and you say to yourself, “I never thought of it that way, but now that you mention it, it really is true.” Another remarkable aspect of this work is the story arc behind … Continue reading The Unbearable Beauty of the Open, Hurting Heart