As If the Sky Were Open, a substantial selection
of Bob Scher's poetry, was published
in January 2009 (Browser Books), 132 pp.
The first two quotes are on the back cover:
"Your poem, 'Poetry's Miraculous Workaround' is delightful. I'm happy to be in it."
- Richard Wilbur
"...Each of them is an act of recovery and discovery, turning on the paradoxes of
a particular ‘moment / of our vast and miniature concerns.’ Like the door in one of the
poems, they open simultaneously inward and outward on the immediacy and
momentousness of living and loving, changing and dying, sight and insight."
- Albert Gelpi
"Bob Scher is no stranger to the world of poetry with five previous volumes under his belt. As If the Sky Were Open" is the latest volume of poetry, touching on a far range of subjects in tones ranging from whimsical to poignant. Written by a poet to enjoy, "As if the Sky Were Open" is an entrancing round of poems indeed."
- Midwest Book Review
Two Levels of Theater
The Other Science
Why I Write
Poetry's Miraculous Workaround
Alive in the Wilderness
Where Are We
If Death Came Now
Two Limes on the Afterlife
Another Kind of Love Song
A Coffee Sample in the Information Age
In the Days When Wishing Helped
Those Who Are Never Consulted Have Their Say
Surely Everyone Knows This
Beyond One's Making
On Being a Muse
While Having a Casual Conversation in a Wine Bar
Ovewhelmed by Possibilities, But up Against a Deadline
Compassion for the Purity of Secondary Phenomena
The Nowhere That Is
The Beauty of England