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Dog or Wolf

Dog or Wolf

Praise for Dog or Wolf:


To read the poetry of Bill Schulz is, most often, to enter land- and seascapes anew, to be in places—the North Atlantic coast, Italian hillsides, arroyos and dry washes of the Southwest, streets of San Francisco —as interiors, places you could go on your own but never feel and see them the way you do in these seemingly delicate, but always charged, poems.—Bill Burtis, author of Liminal


I read Dog or Wolf in one sitting, then had to read it again. I still can’t figure out where, in its deceptively delicate brushstrokes— “disappearing/like walks//we’ll never take”—this book generates its raw and galvanic emotion, but fair warning: these beautiful poems have (sharp) teeth.—Marilyn Johnson, author of The Dead Beat, This Book is Overdue, and Lives in Ruins.


Given that one of Bill Schulz’s keenest subjects is loss—the ongoing subtraction of people we’ve loved, places we’ve lived, moments when life has ensorcelled us—his poems are nonetheless remarkably joyful. And given that a signature feature of his style is a Zen-like kind of exacting minimalism, the poems nevertheless abound with the creatures and charms of the natural world. Reading Schulz is a bit like hiking the narrow road to the deep north with Basho at your left ear and Wallace Stevens at your right. It’s a trip you do not want to miss!

— Jim Crenner, author of Drinks at the Stand-up Tragedy Club

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