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Matthew Schwartz ’93
Blessings for the Hands
Poetry / University of Chicago, 2008
Schwartz’s quasi-autobiographical verse complicates and clarifies the emotions waiting just underneath the patterns and expectations of the speakers’ lives, where anger, joy, and mortality all seem to collide. Dreams are continuous presences in this elegant debut collection that juxtaposes physical circumstances with the vast interior life of the imagination.
Michael Itkoff ’04
Photography / Charta, 2008
Itkoff has traveled the world since 2002, taking portraits of everyday people in the street. See the inside front cover for a selection of his work.
Chris Carroll ’85
Legends of Country
Music / Dalmation, 2007
Full of hundreds of color images of country music icons, Legends of Country contains fascinating stories and trivia, revealing the people behind the fame.
Charles Barasch ’72
Dreams of the Presidents: From George Washington to George W. Bush
Poetry / North Atlantic, 2008
Exploring the limits and possibilities of power, Barasch makes light of the sense of self-importance that afflicts too many politicians. Each poem offers insight into a president’s life and his relationships with family, allies, and rivals.