Press: What are Folks Saying?

...about the book, Intimacy with the Wind

"Living on a solar-powered houseboat as it moves up and down Lake Champlain is bound to make one intimate with the wind — its vagaries, energies, and comforts alike. But in Carla Schwartz's new collection of poems, there are also the winds that pass over and through the inner landscapes. There are, for instance, the winds that bring us together in love, and the winds that draw us apart in grief. Also, there is the chill wind of the harm that some may do to others, and there are the winds of determined resilience, the kind that carry the survivor to the shore. These finely crafted poems give us this poet's vivid sense of being in the world, as if we are with her breathing in what life has to offer, a good wind overhead, like a blessing."
- Fred Marchant, author of Said Not Said (Graywolf Press, 2017)


...about the book, Mother, One More Thing

“In Carla Schwartz’s Mother, One More Thing, the details of the natural world, as well as the lives we make together as families, friends, and even individual daydreamers, come into radiant focus. Schwartz attends to her subjects with great sympathy, but she refuses to sentimentalize those subjects. Poems such as ‘Green Dress,’ ‘Last Glass of Orange Juice,’ and ‘Mother, One More Thing’ only strengthen their emotional force by exploring the subtle and often contradictory aspects of their occasions. Schwartz is an excellent poet, and her book is built to last.” – Peter Campion, Pushcart Prize-winning author of The Lions: Poems.



“Darting between the elegiac and the voluptuous with the guilelessness of a young girl, Carla Schwartz’s graceful first collection examines loss and continuation from the perspective of a naturalist and a daughter. Schwartz’s poems display a flirtatious reverence for the world of all that ripens and wizens – processes worthy, to this poet, of equal praise. We follow her five keen senses from berry patch to sickbed to clear and frigid lake, feasting and lamenting at what must perish. By the end of this succulent book, we have grieved and celebrated lavishly, and our fingers and lips are stained with nectars and pigments the poet has offered us from her unabashed palette.” – Frannie Lindsay, author of Our Vanishing, and If Mercy.


"Mother, One More Thing: a meaty, topical, alluring, and dynamic piece of work. The narrator takes over her mother's skin at times, climbs inside, and thinks for her. An amazing collection.” – Lea Banks, author of All of Me.

See also. these articles:

Somerville times: http://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/47675

Chad Parenteau's blog: http://chadparenteaupoetforhire.blogspot.com/2014/04/april-28-carla-schwartz-one-more-for.html

... about Carla's performances and her book

"Carla Schwartz charmed us with her poignant poems and spoken word pieces accompanied by piano (our new piano, which sounds fabulous). I couldn't get her piece "Frank" out of my head. Thank you so very much, Carla, for such a fine performance!" P.J. Rogoshewski, host of the Harvest Cafe open mike. 

Simply wonderful, Carla! I'll try to make a few of your readings. You really hit the ball out of the park with your reading at Chapter and Verse, loved it. You are truly a wonderful reader.

Be well. I'm reading your book now. Lovely.

Preston H. Hood
...about Carla

Carla Schwartz is a poet, poetry filmmaker, photographer, and lyricist. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fulcrum, Common Ground Review, Cactus Heart, Wordgathering, Stone Highway Review, Boston Poetry Magazine, Literary Juice, Emerge Literary Journal, Enizagam, Equinox, and 05401 among others. Her book, Mother, One More Thing is available through WordTech  and Turning Point Books ( 2014). She has performed and read her work in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Carla is also a professional writer with a doctoral degree from Princeton University.