The Truth Squad

Dennis Schmitz

Dennis Schmitz writes complex, energetic poems that insist on the primacy of the physical world—the world of flesh and bone, desire and death. In this, his seventh book, he suggests that “the truth is all in the pieces” and uses analogy, metaphor, and the juxtaposition of images and ideas to reveal the interconnectedness of our world. “My responsibility as a writer,” he says, “is to be true to the particulars. So that they have an existence in themselves.” In search of this truth, Schmitz writes poems which explore and reveal a delicious wonderment.

ISBN: 9781556591822

Format: Paperback

About the Author

Dennis Schmitz was raised in Iowa and earned degrees at Loras College and the University of Chicago. He is the author of nine books of poetry, including About Night: Selected and New Poems (Field). He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Shelley Memorial Award, two Pushcart Prizes, the 92Y Discovery award, the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He taught for over thirty years at …

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“Schmitz’s stature is such as to make us know why we cannot do without poems.” —Parnassus: Poetry in Review

“In this neatly titled volume, a fine poet burnishes his narrative persona, declaring himself one who quests for truth, and finding it in oddity. He adds to his stature as a poet of great intellect rooted in California, but also in industrial Chicago and bib-overall Iowa.” —Tom Goff, from a “Reader Response” card