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The Heart Is Improvisational

The Heart Is Improvisational

An Anthology in Poetic Form

By Carol Lipszyc

Poets attribute an array of roles and capacities to the involuntary muscle and catalyst of our storied lives. The heart becomes a repository of erotic and familial love and a sanctuary for memory. In this collection, poets explore the flux of the heart's responses and instigations: the heart's tender overtures, its joyous pulse, its mating call for the other, its changeable temperament, its final tick in freeze-frame. Among the poets featured: Kenneth Sherman, Lorna Crozier, Marilyn Bowering, Roo Borson, Patrick Lane, Charles Bukowski, Rita Dove, Eugénio de Andrade, John Barton, Robyn Sarah, and Mary di Michele.


Guernica Editions (Essential Anthologies Series)


130 pages |

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The Heart is Improvisational is a collection of poems that will be enjoyed by any reader who wants to investigate the workings of the human heart and understand the many shades of human love. Though it will be most likely picked up by those who already read poetry, the contemporary poems in it are accessible to a wider audience as well. An anthology that brings its readers both a satisfying intellectual and emotional experience, this journey of the heart is a collection to share with someone you love.

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About the author

Carol Lipszyc’s book of poetry, Singing Me Home, (2010) and book of short stories on children and adolescents in the Holocaust, The Saviour Shoes and Other Stories, (2014) were published by Inanna Publications. Earning her Doctorate in Education at OISE, Carol has published scholarship in arts-based education journals in Australia, New Zealand, England, and Canada. Her Literacy/ESL Reader with chants, People Express, was published by Oxford University Press. Carol is currently an Associate Professor in the English Department at SUNY, Plattsburgh.