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My father asked me, “Why do you write soft-sell?”
Cutting soft sole. “To sow hard seeds,” I said,
“And sell hard souls.” Through The Tower window,
The Time-Life sign blinked Time-Life,Time-life
Its occulating lights
Above the city. ---- From Burn Down the Icons © 1976 by Grace Schulman,
published by Princeton University Press.
Grace Schulman's new poetry collection, The Paintings of Our Lives, was published by Houghton Mifflin in February, 2001. Schulman's earlier books of poems include For That Day Only, Hemispheres, and Burn Down the Icons. She is the recipient fo a Delmore Schwartz Award for Poetry and of a Poetry Fellowship from the New York Foundation of the Arts. Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry 1995, edited by Richard Howard, and The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-1998, edited by Harold Bloom, and in Pushcart Prizes 21 and 23.
She is author of Marianne Moore: The Poetry of Engagement; editor of Ezra Pound, translator from the Hebrew of T. Carmi's At the Stone of Losses; and co-translator from the Spanish of Pablo Antonio Cuadra's Songs of Cifar. She is Poetry Editor of the Nation, and former director of the Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y.
Schulman received her Ph.D. from New York University, and is Distinguished Professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY. She has taught poetry writing at Princeton, Columbia, Wesleyan, Bennington, and Warren Wilson. Her poems have been published in the New Yorker, the New Republic, Paris Review, Antaeus, Grand Street, the Yale Review, the Hudson Review, and the Kenyon Review, among other journals. Her essays and translations have appeared widely.
She lives in New York with her husband, a scientist, Dr. Jerome L. Schulman.