American Psalm, World Psalm   (March 2014)


By Nicholas Samaras

ISBN: 978-0-912592-76-3

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Praise for American Psalm, World Psalm:

"Samaras, a National Endowment of the Arts Poetry Fellowship recipient, has reinvented modern poetry with this groundbreaking book. In his new book, Samaras gives the reader brand new insight into one of the oldest text’s in existence, The Book of Psalms from the Bible. The poet combines a sense of morality that is virtually unmatched with a concrete abstraction reminiscent of the likes of a Pablo Neruda." - AJ Romano, The Daily Beat News Blog

"These psalms are meditative poems, poems than in many cases could be spoken as prayers. In all cases they are poems that speak to the human heart." - Glynn Young, TweetSpeak Poetry

"Nicholas Samaras' new collection American Psalm, World Psalm is as much prayer as it is poetry." - Kasey Erin, The Adirondack Review


 

Praise for Hands of the Saddlemaker, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award:

"...[Samaras] is a stern and original poet, whose seriousness and morality seem almost foreign, like that of the Turkish writer Nazim Hikmet or Czeslaw Milosz or Pablo Neruda. His poetry combines social and personal intensities, ancient reverberations and American intonations... this is a poetry of beauty and purity, often painterly..."

—Liz Rosenberg, New York Times Book Review


About the Author

Nicholas Samaras' background is multinational and multicultural. Born in Foxton, Cambridgeshire, England, living there and on the island of Patmos, Greece (the Island of the "Apocalypse"), he has lived in Greece, England, Wales, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Jerusalem, and thirteen states in America. He writes from a place of permanent exile. His individual poems have been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Poetry, The New Republic, Kenyon Review, and many other publications. Fellowship Awards include the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Lilly Endowment Foundation, etc. His first book of poetry,Hands of the Saddlemaker, received the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. American Psalm, World Psalm (Ashland Poetry Press, 2014) is his second collection.  

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