The Library of Seven Readings
"The sublimating and uplifting rhythms of his poems are pierced with veins of divinity." — Forrest Gander
A long poem, hand-bound and encased in letterpressed and rubber-stamped covers.
Leonard Schwartz's poems introduce philosophical meditation to emotional sensibility in a way that has become unusual in contemporary poetry. In his work, one feels the risk, even the vertigo, of the mind orienting itself to otherness, to world, and to language. The sublimating and uplifting rhythms of his poems are pierced with veins of divinity. One might say in fact that the body of his work unwinds a long Gnostic inquiry that begins to articulate the contradictions and complexities of a significant and richly felt thought.—Forrest Gander