The Butcher’s Diamond by Anita S. Pulier
When Anita Pulier explains to her late father in “Why I Read Poetry” that “occasionally I stumble on a poem that delivers an oxygen blast, a poem that stops me short in a realm of stark recognition,” she is describing what we find in her own exquisite works that startle and move us with the insights and wisdom they extract from the mundane encounters of daily life.
–Robert A. Rosenstone, author of Do People Look Up at the Moon Anymore?, Red Star, Crescent Moon, Adventures of a Postmodern Historian and nine non-fiction history books.
“Hang banners and blow up balloons,” a line from one of Anita Pulier’s poems, struck me as a celebratory description of her first full-length book of poems, The Butcher’s Diamond. For that is what Pulier does, she celebrates the quotidian realities of her life in the city she loves and lives in, New York. Chance encounters, time spent with grandkids, the mundane embellished with love and a little quirkiness, like owning “a toaster with three settings: bagel, waffle and poetry,” or relishing an eye-opening dinner with Auden and Spender. In poem after poem, there is a deep sense of gratitude, for a long and loving marriage, for old friends, for the survival of prosthetic hips. In every line, straight-on ovations to “the life worth living.”
–Florence Weinberger, author of Sacred Graffiti, The Invisible Telling Its Shape, Breathing Like A Jew and Carnal Fragrance.
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The Butcher’s Diamond
by Anita S. Pulier
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Anita’s chapbooks, Perfect Diet, The Lovely Mundane and Sounds of Morning are published by Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared both online and in print in many journals and in the anthologies Grabbing the Apple, the poetry edition of Legal Studies Forum and Aunt Poems by The Emma Press.
After retiring from her law practice in Brooklyn Anita happily traded legal writing for poetry. Anita and her husband Myron now split their time between the Upper West Side and Los Angeles.