Poetry. Thematically exploring the contrasts and dynamic interplay between solidity and ephemerality, in his first book of poems Harold Schweizer creates great dramatic tension by poising complex, expansive sentences against the strictures of taut margins. While portraying angels as unfettered, Schweizer doesn't accept the platonic notion that we ever transcend our physical world. Instead, he imagines angels as immanent, everywhere: "they / inhabit all things." THE BOOK OF STONES AND ANGELS attempts to disclose the angelic lightness of stones in the obstinate materiality of angels, amid the lightness and frailty of our existence.
Harold Schweizer was born in Switzerland, where he earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Zürich. In 1987, he emigrated to the U.S. and joined the English faculty at Bucknell University, where he teaches courses in literary theory and creative writing. He is author and editor of many publications in literary criticism and theory, most recently the book On Waiting (Routledge, 2008) and Rarity and the Poetic: The Gesture of Small Flowers (Palgrave, 2015). He is an avid hiker and often kayaks on the Susquehanna River.
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