Odd Mercy


Gerald Stern (Author)


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

The centerpiece of Gerald Stern's ninth collection is a long poem titled "Hot Dog," named for a beautiful street woman who lives in and around Tompkins Square Park. Other characters in this poem are St. Augustine, Walt Whitman, Noah, Gerald Stern himself, and a ninety-year-old black preacher from the Midwest. In "Hot Dog," and throughout, Stern wrestles with the issues—hope, memory, faith—that have always occupied him.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • June 1997
  • ISBN 978-0-393-31630-8
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 128 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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  1. Book CoverAmerican Sonnets: Poems


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


  3. Book CoverBread Without Sugar: Poems


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