- Paperback: 69 pages
- Publisher: Copper Canyon Press (Sept. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556591829
- ISBN-13: 978-1556591822
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.5 x 22.9 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,087,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Truth Squad Paperback – 1 Sep 2002
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Schmitz's poems, because they are so freshly imagined and so carefully crafted, are not ones that can be quickly digested over the breakfast table. They require and reward rumination.
I find myself returning again and again to "Dances," "Paradise," "Iowa Gothic," and "The Text" and other poems in "The Truth Squad." And after each encounter I come away with a new discovery that makes me shake my head in wonder.
Reading a Schmitz poem is like looking into one of Joseph Cornell's boxes and "getting it," yet also sensing one may not be apprehending all that is contained. So the looking-into never tires the reader. The poems invite rereading--for the pleasure of their high craft, and the depth and resonance of meaning. I have all of Schmitz' work, and even after 25 years find each rereading an electrifying pleasure and new experience.
When all the hoo-ha by and about most of our currently Famous Poets blows away in the eternal wind, these poems will still hold their mineral shapes, and last.
In the poem "Paradise," Schmitz says the poet's work is "to make night from one/owl & with his own night sweat to wash/enough talk to wake each of us//the other side of sleep."
Dennis Schmitz does the poet's work, in this wide-awake, awakening, brilliant collection.
I cannot recommend them highly enough for those seeking
the pure beauty of words and desiring to slake
their thirst on an elixir of electrical lyrics.
Poet Schmitz was my mentor at university.
He and his absolutely beautiful wife, Loretta,
(who I still think about a *lot*)
inspired me to choose writing as my profession.
Although considered a sell-out because I ended up
writing Hollywood scripts, I know I wouldn't have
succeeded as a screenwriter without Poet
Schmitz's inspirational navigation as I launched
my voyage into the Arts. Each and every time
I look at the golden Oscar that adorns my mantel
I instantly recall this gifted maestro!
DS: I salute you!