A Split Second of Light
Blue Light Press
Available online through 1st World Publishing, amazon (in hard copy and Kindle editions), barnes and noble, and other online bookstores. Also available from your local bookseller via Ingram Books.
Winner of Honorable Mention in the San Francisco Book Festival, honoring the best books published in the Spring, 2011.
Read the review on Bookin' with Sunny.
Read the review in The Pedestal Magazine, August, 2011.
"Mother...wants to know why I keep writing," Stewart Florsheim says in his moving and heartbreaking poem, "Mother Wants to Know." "It's not about me I hope," she adds. Well, it is about her, and about us, and about hope, and the interrelation of life and art. I celebrate this new collection of poems which reminds me how we live for those split seconds in which aesthetics can shed light and give meaning to the darkness of our lives. Stewart Florsheim "speaks softly in voices I can understand" ("Scenes") but his words are like the sparrows in this poem, "Viewing Art;" they have wings, they take flight.
--Richard Michelson, award-winning author of children's books and the poetry collection, Battles and Lullabies
The Short Fall From Grace
Blue Light Press
Available online through 1st World Publishing, amazon, barnes and noble, and other online bookstores. Also available from your local bookseller via Ingram Books.
Read the press release. (.pdf)
Read the review in the San Francisco Examiner, May 2009.
Read the review in The Pedestal Magazine, August 2008.
Stewart Florsheim has written a Moebius strip of a book, starting with the nearly unspeakable grief of being the child of ill-matched parents, and proceeding by turns into the amorous education of a young man, the perspicuity of a middle-aged aesthete (many of the poems here take their cue from great paintings), and finally marriage and fatherhood, which loop back with irony and insight to the beginning of Florsheim's narrative arc. The Short Fall From Grace, then, doesn't occur so much in a straight line--the way an actual fall might--as it does in a circular fashion, owing its trajectory not to gravity but to the irresistible pull of time.
--Thomas Centolella, Views from along the Middle Way
The Girl Eating Oysters
This chapbook is available for download from 2River.
Ghosts of the Holocaust
Wayne State University Press
Out of print, but may be available through amazon and used booksellers
Soon to be available in electronic form!
Stewart edited this collection of poetry by children of Holocaust survivors. As disquieting as most of these poems are, they also affirm life. In his foreword, Gerald Stern writes, It is not that we will either forget or reclaim those years because of these poems; it is not that the poems will even make the past bearable. It is that, in our greatest loss, we have a victory.