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About the author:
Related to the Marx Brothers through his mother, RICHARD MARX WEINRAUB was born in New York City in 1949. He was a Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico from 1987 through 2010. A book of his poetry entitled Wonder Bread Hill, was published in 2002 by the University of Puerto Rico Press. Poets Wear Prada published his chapbook Heavenly Bodies in 2008, and a poem from it was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize. His poetry has appeared in many journals including The Paris Review, Asheville Poetry Review, South Carolina Review, The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, North American Review, Slate, and River Styx.


Authored by Richard Marx Weinraub
Cover design or artwork by Roxanne Hoffman

These poems, voiced by stones, speaking for the poet and for humanity, are beautiful and peculiar. Weinraub cracks open craft to reveal humane interiors. Fixed forms with meter and rhyme, tenderly chiseled, deftly sculpted, pulse with regret, joy and a hundred other sentiments. Bright diction and an impressive control of syntax allows Weinraub to modulate tone and music. Wit and gorgeous capitulations abound in this book. “Gentlemen prefer blonde Crystals” gives way to “imperfections are a garden.” These poems “forge a new world out of stone,” a landscape populated by jade, garnet, and onyx with time-rich thoughts, blood-rich emotion. — EDUARDO C. CORRAL, author of Slow Lightning, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize, 2012;

Lapidary is an original and brilliant collection of poems that offers insights into the various states of human nature through the voices of different stones. This book is a must have, and it will be avidly read for years to come. — EDWARD ODWITT, writer & illustrator;

In Lapidary — stones, semi-precious, precious — stones talk to you, skillfully, convincingly and you believe them, you believe them! — THOMAS LUX, acclaimed poet and teacher, the Bourne chair in poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Publication Date:
0615833225 / 9780615833224
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Poetry / Subjects & Themes / Nature

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