I’ve had the good fortune to meet a number of very talented, very generous writers through my (non-teaching) day job at The City University of New York. One of those writers is poet Grace Schulman, Distinguished Professor of English at CUNY’s Baruch College. Last Friday, at Grace’s kind invitation, I attended a party to celebrate the publication of her most recent collection, Without a Claim.
It was a lovely evening, not least because copies of the book were scattered around the room on small tables. They weren’t for sale, alas, but I stole a good long look. I’ve often found Grace’s Jewishly-inflected poetry especially moving, and one poem in the new book (“Havdalah”) is one I’m looking forward to revisiting many times once the copy I’ve ordered arrives.
Grace read just one poem for us on Friday evening: “Celebration.” A fitting poem for the occasion, to be sure. But I wasn’t alone in wishing that she’d read much more.