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Gerald Stern

Gerald Stern, the author of nineteen poetry collections, has won the National Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the Ruth Lilly Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, the Frost medal, and the Award of Merit (from the American Academy of Arts and Letters), among others. He lives in Lambertville, New Jersey, and New York City.


Books by Gerald Stern

  1. Book CoverAmerican Sonnets: Poems

    "Stern is a romantic with a sense of humor...a sometimes comic, sometimes tragic visionary."—Edward HirschMore

  2. Book CoverBlessed as We Were: Late Selected and New Poems, 2001-2018

    An illuminating and irascible compilation of selected and new poems from National Book Award winner Gerald Stern.


  3. Book CoverBread Without Sugar: Poems

    Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.More

  4. Book CoverDivine Nothingness: Poems

    From the National Book Award–winning author of This Time, a new volume of poems that explore the very nature of existence.More

  5. Book CoverEarly Collected Poems: 1965-1992

    “Stern’s unadorned craftsmanship has few rivals in American letters.”—Philadelphia InquirerMore

  6. Book CoverEverything Is Burning: Poems

    "Ruthless and occasionally outrageous, Stern's literary songs are sharp, surprising, and unerring in their delivery."—Ploughshares, Editor's ChoiceMore

  7. Book CoverGalaxy Love: Poems

    “What a voice, what a bardic roll. [Stern’s] poetry is a lifelong act of love.”— Philadelphia InquirerMore

  8. Book CoverIn Beauty Bright: Poems

    “The work of an American master.”—World Literature TodayMore

  9. Book CoverLast Blue: Poems

    "Stern's bebop poems shimmer and shadow-dance down the page."—BooklistMore

  10. Book CoverOdd Mercy: Poems

    "For over two decades, no one has equaled Stern's compassionate, surreal parables about the burden of and the exaltation at being alive."—Library JournalMore

  11. Book CoverSave the Last Dance: Poems

    The fifteenth collection by a celebrated poet whose “terrific, boisterous energy has never flagged” (Megan Harlan, San Francisco Chronicle).More

  12. Book CoverThis Time: New and Selected Poems

    An exhilarating new collection by the poet often acclaimed as the modern Walt Whitman, his "spiritual reincarnation."More