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Howard Schwartz’s “Breathing in the Dark” reviewed in Home Planet News

Breathing in the Dark” has been reviewed by Nikki Stiller in Home Planet News

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Howard Schwartz has been quite a force in the world of poetry. The noted editor of Voices Within the Ark: The Modern Jewish Poets has already made his mark with many works edited and written. And now this lovely mystical book with its epigraph from Rabbi Nachman: “Through breath the world was created.”

The title poem sets the tone for the entire book:

While you sleep, .
an angel whispers the secrets of creation,
showing you
every branch of the tree of life.

And this is what Howard Schwartz sets out to do:

You wake,
a lilac
waiting for the wind,
a sensual stone,
a leaf
thirsty for a kiss.
From now on
you will wake with this thirst

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Breathing in the Dark – Howard Schwartz

Breathing In the Dark - Howard Schwartz

Breathing In the Dark – Howard Schwartz

Illustrations by Erica Kriss

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 92 pp.
$15.95 plus s&h
2011, ISBN 978-1936419-005

Also available in laminated hardcover.
$24.95 plus s&h.

Howard Schwartz is a contemporary master of the parable, the short lyric and the tale. In Breathing in the Dark, he has multiplied his dreams, his myths, and his stories into poems that grow quietly and firmly from the

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