Rebecca Schumejda

Dream Big, Work Harder

Books: Waiting at the Dead End Diner : Cadilliac Men : Map Of Our Garden
Falling Forward : Dream Big Work Harder : Tear Dust of the Storm

Dream Big, Work Harder Cover art by Nate Graziano
one of my favorite poets!
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Nathan Graziano

Foreword editor at large, Eugene Schwartz worte: "This short book of striking poetry by a Kingston, NY area poet, uses words as they were intended to be used, combined in such a way as to create pictures of life and work and relationship that we can recognize—and yet so original and direct that you will turn the pages eagerly curious about the next."

Doug Holder: "Many of the poems in this fine collection deal with the poet’s concessions to domesticity—the promise of youth versus the realities of being an adult. In the poem 'The Happy Ever After' Schumejda skillfully defines the dichotomy between the different phases in her life: the endless horizons of youth versus domestic routine.... There are many well-crafted poems about marriage, the poet’s father, and her relentless quest for meaning in the pedestrian."

Melody Sherosky, Blind Man's Rainbow, WInter 2007 issue ""Falling into Hot Tar" arrived--finally--with some tribute to Schumejda's father" "His skin was caked with shiny black tar; / the flesh that peeked out was a garden of pink, blistery roses. / He bent down to untie his work boots, / but frooze there with his forehead resting on his knee, / his big hands wrapped around his calf, his body weeping for him." The elegance of this poem made the entire collection for me. Although I had expected st least some mention of Schumejda's father somewhere in the collection, I was not prepared for such a well-written and beautifully described tribute."

Check out my reading at the Small Press Book Fair!

Audio sample poems from the collection:
Shopping With Maria
The Happy Ever After
Walking Into Fists