March 8, 2013

Naomi Replansky Receives William Carlos Williams Award

From Black Sparrow Press:
"We're thrilled to announce that Naomi Replansky's "Collected Poems" has won the 2013 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America! Congratulations, Naomi!"

Also, read this article at the Huffington Post about Naomi's work.

October 2, 2012

Naomi Replansky's Collected Poems Reviewed

"In a storage area of Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, there is a striking portrait known to only a few art lovers. It’s the work of Joseph Solman (1909–2008), the Vitebsk-born American Jewish artist whose studio was located for decades over the former site of New York City’s 2nd Avenue Deli.... “Naomi” pays tribute to an artist who has likewise long been known to only a select few: Naomi Replansky, the 94-year-old poet whose “Collected Poems” Black Sparrow Books recently published." Read the complete article.

July 5, 2012

Naomi Replansky and Lynne Sharon Schwartz at New York Poets House

Poet Naomi Replansky reads from her Collected Poems and Lynne Sharon Schwartz reads from See You in the Dark as part of Poets House’s 2012 Showcase.
Naomi Replansky and Lynne Sharon Schwartz will read from their new works, Tuesday, July 10 at 7:00PM at the Poets House in Manhattan, at 10 River Terrace (at Murray Street). A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.
Naomi Replansky was born in the Bronx in 1918. Her first book, Ring Song, was published by Scribner in 1952 and was a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry. In 1994, The Dangerous World: New and Selected Poems, 1934-1994, was published by Another Chicago Press. Her Collected Poems has just been published by Black Sparrow Books.
Among Lynne Sharon Schwartz's 22 books, the most recent are Not Now, Voyager: A Memoir; The Writing on the Wall: a Novel; and See You in the Dark: Poems. Schwartz has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Foundation for the Arts, and has taught in writing programs in the U.S. and abroad. She is presently on the faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars.

May 18, 2012

Naomi Replansky Collected Poems Now Available

Naomi Replansky's Collected Poems is now available from Black Sparrow Books (an imprint of David R. Godine Publisher; ISBN 978-1-57423-215-8) or through your local bookseller.

"Nominated for the National Book Award in 1952, Naomi Replansky's first book Ring Song dazzled critics with its candor and freshness of language. Here at long last is the new and collected work of a lifetime by a writer hailed as "one of the most brilliant American poets" by George Oppen. Replansky is a poet whose verse combines the compression of Emily Dickinson, the passion of Anna Akhmatova, and the music of W.H. Auden. These poems, which Marie Ponsot calls "sixty years of a free woman's song," are Replansky's hymns to the struggle for justice and equality and to the enduring beauty of life in our dangerous world."

March 8, 2012

Naomi Replansky Featured on Writer's Almanac

Naomi Replansky's poem, "Nightmare Car" will be featured on American Public Media's Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor, on Sunday, March 11, 2012. This unique program of literary notes can be heard on many public radio stations, or online The poem was originally published in Replansky's collection A Dangerous World (Another Chicago Press, 1994).

August 27, 2009

The Dangerous World

The Dangerous World
collects seventy-some poems of Naomi Replansky's written between 1934 and 1994, some previously published in Ring Song. Published by Another Chicago Press, it is unfortunately now out of print. Selected poems are posted below on this blog.

December 30, 2007

Night Prayer for Various Trades

Night Prayer for Various Trades
Machinist in the pillow's grip,
Be clumsy and be blind
And let the gears spin free, and turn
No metal in your mind.

Long, long may the actress lie
In slumber like a stone,
The helpless words that rise from sleep
Be no words but her own.

Laborer, drift through a dark
Remote from clay and lime.
O do not tunnel through the night
In unpaid overtime.

You out-of-work, walk into sleep.
It will not ask to see
Your proof of skill or strength or youth
And shows its movies free.

And may the streetcleaner float down
A spotless avenue.
Who red-eyed wake at morning break
All have enough to do.
Enough to do. Now let the day
Its own accountings keep.
But may our dreams keep other time
Throughout our sprawling sleep.