I followed Whitman through half of Camden: Gerald Stern, Walt Whitman, and Jewish American Identity

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Gerald Stern has been a significant presence and an impassioned and idiosyncratic voice in twentieth and twenty-first-century American poetry. Insane Devotionis a retrospective of his career and features fourteen writers, critics, and poets examining the themes, stylistic traits, and craft of a poet who has shaped and inspired American verse for generations.

The essays and interviews in Insane Devotion paint a broad picture of a man made whole by the influence of the written word. They touch on the contentious and nuanced stance of Judaism in the breadth of Stern’s work and explore Stern’s capacious memory and his use of personal history to illuminate our common humanity. What is revealed is a poet of complexity and heart, often tender, often outraged. As Philip Levine writes in his lyrical foreword to the volume, Stern is both sweet and spiky, “a born teacher who can teach me to see the universe in an acorn and hear the music of the lost in an empty Pepsi can.” Contributors include Contributors J. T. Barbarese, Dara Barnat, Lucy Biederman, Michael Broek, Darla Himeles, Edward Hirsch, Tony Leuzzi, Laura McCullough, Alicia Ostriker, Lia Purpura, Ira Sadoff, Michael Waters, Judith Vollmer, and Dean Young.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInsane devotion
Subtitle of host publicationOn the writing of Gerald Stern
EditorsMihaela Moscaliuc
Place of PublicationSan Antonio, Texas
PublisherTrinity University Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781595347695
ISBN (Print)1595347682, 9781595347688
StatePublished - 2016


  • Stern
  • Gerald
  • 1925- -- Criticism and interpretation
  • American literature -- History and criticism
  • Jewish literature -- History and criticism
  • Poets
  • Jewish -- United States


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