In But Today Is Different, Sarah Stern’s first full-length collection of poems, she explores the themes of loss, desire, the erotic, getting older in a youth-obsessed culture, and finding the mystical in the ordinary. Several poems are shaped by conversations between an enduring voice and a mortal one that asks questions. The answers are in the shared spaces of wonder about the knowable and unknowable. With wisdom, humor, and humility, Stern brings the reader to a new place of deep feeling.
“Sarah Stern has written an utterly frank, headlong, passionate, and deeply engendered book of a woman in mid-life. She writes out of her own longings, her devotions as a daughter and a mother, her fiery supplications. But Today Is Different may be printed with ink, but it was written with fire.”
—Edward Hirsch, author of A Poet’s Glossary and Gabriel
“Sarah Stern’s first collection of poems, But Today Is Different, is a marvel. Wise, compassionate, erotic, plain-spoken, studded with wonderful moments—a black goat with blue eyes, an aging mother’s clavicle ‘like a Calder mobile,’ an iconic lipstick stain on a coffee cup—Stern’s vision puts a shine on the ordinary (a trip to Macy’s, a scraped knee) and gives it back to us as something wondrous and new. A new voice, in which readers will hear echoes of Philip Levine and Grace Paley . . . and a real achievement.”
—Cynthia Zarin, author of The Ada Poems and An Enlarged Heart: A Personal History.
But Today Is Different is available from Wipf and Stock Publishers and Amazon.
Sarah Stern’s Another Word For Love is part of Finishing Line’s critically acclaimed Chapbook Series. Stern explores love, loss, death, and desire in the family one is born into as well as in the family that one creates. It asks, among other questions, how one lives and finds beauty in a broken world.
“In Another Word for Love, Sarah Stern searches for meaning in a broken world. She delights in things around her, whether the El in New York or trees in New Hampshire, finding in them keys to her inner life. I read this book in the light of her clarity, exactitude, and fine intelligence.”
—Grace Schulman, author of Without A Claim
“Sarah Stern is a serious poet whose subject is knowledge: how do we know what we know, about love, snowstorms, shooting stars, the zoo, appetite? In these lucid, disarming poems, full of gravitas, even the elm tells her its secrets, under its ‘cathedral of dappled light.’”
—Cynthia Zarin, author of The Ada Poems and An Enlarged Heart: A Personal History
“Vivid and opaque, innocent and sophisticated, Sarah Stern’s poems in Another Word for Love are so full of life, never more than when they hint at death, that they refuse to sit still on the page. It’s us she’s catching in these glimmering nets.”
—Karen Durbin, Elle
Another Word for Love is available from Finishing Line Press.