They Rule the World
A new collection of poems musing on mortality and love from one of the
most enduring poets of our time.
"Hazo speaks in these poems with impressive clarity, honesty, intelligence
and courage. By turns philosophical and political, Hazo
does not suffer fools gladly. . . . Here is a poet who understands
not only language, but silence. We would do well to listen to the
words and silences of Samuel Hazo."—Martín Espada, award-winning poet and author of Vivas to Those Who Have Failed: Poems
"These poems are engaging, personally warm, and stylistically
poised, cultured and full of concern for family and friends. The
candid voice of a man preoccupied with mortality and delighted
with the details of a life among those he loves is an exemplary
pleasure."—Brooks Haxton, author of They Lift Their Wings to Cry
Praise for Like a Man Gone Mad
"This is poetry of maturity, of wisdom. . . . A beautiful book—
distilled from years and years of living and writing."—Adam Zagajewski, author of Without End: New and Selected Poems
"Hazo’s poems advance with wit, irony, and insightful commentary
on many subjects, aphoristic thinking a key trait of his signature."—The Hudson Review
Samuel Hazo is founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, where he
is also McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University. His books
include And The Time Is, Stills, and This Part of the World. Among his translations are Adonis’s
The Pages of Day and Night and Nadia Tuéni’s Lebanon: Poems of Love and War.
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For over fifty years, Hazo’s poetry has meditated on themes of mortality and
love, passion and art, and courage and grace in a style that is unmistakably his
own. In this new collection, he offers his most candid reflections on the passage
of time and the tenderness of the present moment.
By turns convivial and introspective, these poems explore the complex synchronicity
between life and art, and the connections between the personal and
the political. With sharp clarity and deep emotion, Hazo continues his pursuit
of wisdom and discovery through the act of expression.
5 1/2 x 8, 120 pages