February 1st, 2017
Necromancy Never Pays has some fine words for Among the Lost.
January 10th, 2017
Here’s a review out today from The Bookworm. “Lyrical… and almost spellbinding… I enjoyed it because it wasn’t what I expected.” I’ll take that! Thank you, Bookworm!
November 11th, 2016
Forget that other thing. Wednesday also brought this news: the first review of Among the Lost.
November 3rd, 2016
I’ve received a couple of queries – stop fiddling with your cell phone and listen up, Jon Lonoff! I’m talking to you! – about where you can get a copy of Among the Lost for your very own. It’s distributed online at Amazon, Ingram, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iTunes and Smashwords. I don’t even know what some of those are. Once my web site is updated, you can get it from me, but that may take a little while. At this web site,you also can order copies right now of the previous volume in the series, To Join the Lost. My publisher, Fomite Press, is reissuing To Join the Lost, so you will be able to get it at all the venues I’ve mentioned, but that may take another month before it’s ready.
October 26th, 2016
You’re invited to help me celebrate the launching of my second book, Among the Lost! Yay! It’s on November 10, 2016, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Bridgeside Books, 29 Stowe Street, Waterbury. I’ll read from it, answer questions, sign copies. There will be refreshments at the reading and next door at Stowe Street Café. Please feel free to pass this invitation along to others! Here’s an excerpt from the publisher’s description of the book:
Among the Lost: In Dante’s Wake Book 2
Among the Lost, set in the modern American rust belt, is a meditation drawn from Dante’s Purgatorio. To Dante, Purgatory was the mountain where souls not damned went after death to cleanse themselves of sin in preparation for entering Paradise. What, Steinzor asks, are we preparing ourselves for, having lost the fear of hell and the hope of heaven, in the course of our daily urban existence? And whatever that is, how do we go about preparing for it?.
Praise for Among the Lost
What a magnificent ascension Seth Steinzor is achieving. Having embarked on a latter-day retelling of the Divine Comedy, he has already descended into the Inferno and has now risen to the peak of Mount Purgatory, regaling us along the way with apt parallels to Dante’s infernal and purgatorial people, places, and purposes. We are indeed fortunate to have Steinzor following Dante’s footsteps.
—Rennie McQuilkin, Connecticut Poet Laureate
January 6th, 2014
Okay, so I’m on a roll here. People are “liking” the poems. So, being as I’m a poet, that encourages me to post more poetry! Funny how that works. Maybe people will like the poetry they see here enough to buy the book. Anyway… I’m not normally a fan of poems about poetry, but occasionally I perpetrate one, because what are you going to write poems about if not the things that are important to you? This one reports on a reading I attended twenty years ago. I can’t say I’m a normally a big fan of Louise Gluck’s work, either, but that’s mainly a question of personal taste. Her artistry is undeniable. I arrived very late, having gotten the time wrong. Perhaps if I’d arrived earlier, I would have been bored, whereas arriving close to the end the few minutes I experienced retained all their impact. I’ll never forget the high-pitched sing-song in which she read, or the apparently almost physically painful effort it seemed to cost her, which put a premium on every word. If that is what writing is like for her, as well as reading, she must lead a life of exquisite torture. I hope not. I am not sure what impulse made me give this poem its long, loud, heavy-on-the-prosaic-details title – the exact opposite of Gluck’s poetry – but it seems to work. Sometimes a title is like a frame.
LAST FIFTEEN MINUTES OF LOUISE GLUCK’S POETRY READING AT McCARTHY ARTS CENTER, ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE, COLCHESTER, VERMONT, DECEMBER 2, 1993
to the hard minimum,
but for what must escape
lips – the line
a birch branch carves,
white as a whisper
asking for questions
(second thought) short ones;
when none come
painful thanks, lips wrenched
crooked as apple tree boughs
June 13th, 2013
I hesitated to share this poem, because I’m unsure how good I think it is, as a poem, but I think it might at least be an interesting expression of some thoughts I’ve had. It is one of the many fruits of the years I’ve spent pondering something my mother said one Thanksgiving: “It didn’t begin with me and it doesn’t end with me.” In some sense this seemingly obvious observation has become central to my outlook. One aspect of these reflections is captured in To Join the Lost, where the essence of hell is belief in the opposite proposition. Goldfish Rising, the next volume in the trilogy, will carry the thought forward. Geniuses tell us things that look simple but contain the world. My mom was like that. But this isn’t a poem about my mom. It’s more about dads:
Yesterday, while scrubbing the sink to a
depthless, flawless white the chrome tap
hung across like a space vehicle (that’s
the kind of thing I think about while
scrubbing sinks) it struck me: my death,
if my son holds for me what I held
for my dad, will rip the poor kid a
hole in his guts, the same as my dad’s
ripped for me; and this is the cost the
love that I want now for us imposes.
Would it be better not to be beloved,
than to inflict that daily absence?
Then (this being the kind of thing
I think about while scrubbing sinks)
I saw, in the dimensioneless whiteness
above which swam the tap, the hole that
runs through my son’s life connected
to the hole that runs through mine,
and that ran through my father’s life,
and that pierced (I believe) the core of
his father’s before him, all the way
back to… when? To some miserable
bastard, lost in heartlessness, whose son
greeted his last departure as merely
or less than just another sunset? Could
indifference cap such a pipe-line? Then
I thought of what might flow through such a
conduit, what umbilical nourishment
besides what filth and waste, and I knew,
it does not begin or end with me.