Save the Last Dance


Gerald Stern (Author)


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

In Save the Last Dance, Gerald Stern gives us a stunning collection of his intimately personal—yet always universal, and always surprising—poems, rich with humor and insight. Shorter lyric poems in the first two parts continue the satirical and often redemptive vision of his last collection, Everything Is Burning, while never failing to carve out new emotional territory. In the third part, a long poem called "The Preacher," Stern takes the book of Ecclesiastes as a starting point for a meditation on loss, futility, and emptiness, represented here by the concept of a "hole" that resurfaces throughout.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • December 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33731-0
  • 5.6 × 8.2 in / 96 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Stern writes with a gruff, seen-it-all knowingness and with the distillation, leaps, and pivots acquired over a long life of poetic practice.” — Booklist

“With a deft though sometimes mischievous hand, [Stern] crafts scenes that are at once exotic and familiar.” — Library Journal

“[Stern’s] strongest, strangest poems.” — Publishers Weekly

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