Praising the Paradox

Poems about life/loss/childhood/concepts of self and the larger meanings of existence.

This full collection of fifty-six poems reflecting on the concept of self, loss, fragility, and the constructs we must create in order to face the transient nature of life was named a finalist in the National Poetry Series, The New Issues Poetry Prize, The Four Way Books Intro Prize, and others. It was also listed as a “remarkable work” in the Tupelo Press 2012 open submission period.


“What I admire most in Praising the Paradox is the resilience throughout and an awareness of the common world that both comforts and devastates. These poems navigate a landscape of loss where what goes on is the sway of stoplights, the waitress with her coffee-pot suspended in mid-air, the everyday moments that gather momentum and make a life. These poems celebrate the small gestures, carrying pain alongside joy, reminding us we are alive.” —Dorianne Laux, author of The Book of Men, winner of the Paterson Prize, and Facts About the Moon, winner of the Oregon Book Award

“Tina Schumann’s Praising the Paradox is a rich guidebook for a life—a grand companion. These deeply satisfying poems, with their lush images and fluid sound movements, unfold in elegance, settling the spirit. In every stanza, Schumann’s honest voice feels compelling and humble—‘what radiant resignation / to be so much / less than I / could have ever hoped for’—offering largeness of vision, grace, and enormous reading pleasure. ‘I simply left / blank spaces along the way; an ellipse here, a dash there.’ Nothing forced, nothing labored. What a treat.”—Naomi Shihab Nye, chancellor of the Academy of American Poets (2010–2015) and author of 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East and Voices in the Air

A background design of a full moon and a night sky with mountains covered in snow at the bottom and a woman’s face on top with a bird cage that makes up the top half of her face and script that reads Praising the Paradox poems by Tina Schumann.

Tina Schumann ( Author Website )

Publication Date: July 9, 2019

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Red Hen Press

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ISBN: 978-1-59709-617-1


Poets on Craft: Tina Schumann and Jenna Le

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