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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

Samples:

Two Levels of Theater
Two Levels of Theater -- listen - 1.16

Poetry's Miraculous Workaround
Poetry's Miraculous Workaround - listen - .40

Those Vine Leaves
Those Vine Leaves -- listen - 1.35

U Space

U Space -- listen 1.28

The Suffering of Small Things
The Suffering of Small Things -- listen - 2.01

Those Who Are Never Consulted Have Their Say
Those Who Are Never Consulted Have Their Say -- listen - 3.05

In the Days When Wishing Helped
In the Days When Wishing Helped -- listen - 5:10

The Other Science
The Other Science -- listen - .19

Beyond One's Making
Beyond One's Making -- listen - 1.35

A Coffee Sample in the Information Age
A Coffee Sample in the Information Age -- listen - 1.41

To Emptiness
To Emptiness -- listen - 1.06

On Being A Muse
On Being A Muse - listen - 2.51

Alive in the Wilderness
Alive in the Wilderness - listen - .41

Why I Write
Why I Write -- listen - 1.08

Bearings
Bearings -- listen - 1.35

The Very Different Days of the Week
The Very Different Days of the Week -- listen - 9.17

Where Are We
Where Are We -- listen - 1.43

December 24

If Death Came Now

Two Limes on the Afterlife

Parallel Ontologies

Another Kind of Love Song

Daydreams

Size Matters

Surely Everyone Knows This

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

Ever