Dan Gerber’s precise and graceful poems invite us to slow down, experience gravity, and pay attention. It’s curious magic – from a man who once drove racecars for a living. But Gerber is also a teacher, a traveling journalist, and an ordained Zen monk, so his unique interplay of intense focus and letting go creates a penetrating richness. His stories merge personal anecdote, autobiography, and keen observations of the natural world into something transcendent – a meticulous journey from the edges to the core.
“Sailing Through Cassiopeia”, Gerber’s eighth book of poetry, won the 2013 Book of the Year Award in Poetry from the Society of Midland Authors, and his previous works have earned him three Pushcart Prize nominations, a Michigan Author Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, and a Mark Twain Award.
“For me writing is a process of discovery,” Gerber says, “rather than trying to put down in words something I’ve already figured out. A poem always takes me by surprise.”
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