Enid Shomer Analysis

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(Poets and Poetry in America)

Enid Shomer (shoh-MEHR) has also published award-winning fiction, including the short-story collection Imaginary Men (1993). She has also provided interviews and written nonfiction essays for a variety of journals. A dance interpretation of her poem series “Pope Joan,” choreographed by Mark Taylor and with music by Anne LeBaron, was presented in Pittsburgh in 2000.


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Enid Shomer has received numerous prestigious grants, prizes, and awards in both her genres, poetry and fiction, beginning with the Eve of St. Agnes Prize awarded by Negative Capability in 1985 for “Women Bathing at Bergen-Belsen.” Recognition for her poetry has been wide. She has been granted Artist Fellowships by the state of Florida in 1985, 1991, and 1996. She won the Washington Prize in Poetry in 1986, for “Stalking the Florida Panther”; the Cincinnati Poetry Review Prize in 1986, for best poem series; the Jubilee Press Prize in 1986, for her collection Florida Postcards; the Word Works Washington Book Prize in 1987, for Stalking the Florida Panther; and the Apalachee Quarterly long poem prize in 1989, for “Datelines: Jacqueline Cochran at War’s End.” She received the National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship in 1989 and 1996 and the Celia B. Wagner Award, given by the Poetry Society of America, in 1990. In 1992, she received the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize for “My Friend Who Sings Before Breakfast.” She is also a recipient of the Wildwood Poetry Prize and the Eunice Tietjens Memorial Prize in Poetry, and her work has been included in many anthologies, including Best American Poetry, 1996. She has also won major awards for her fiction. Shomer is one of the ablest practitioners of intellectually complex but emotionally accessible poetry.


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Mason, David. “Subdividing Parnassus.” Hudson Review 51, no. 1 (Spring, 1998): 265-275. Discusses Shomer’s work in connection with that of other contemporary poets to define trends and directions.

Olson, Ray. Review of Stars at Noon. Booklist 98, no. 4 (October 15, 2001): 375-377. A mostly favorable review that praises how Shomer made the life of the aviator compelling for the modern reader.

Yezzi, David. Review of Black Drum. Poetry 171, no. 5 (1998): 291-293. This brief analytical review defines some of Shomer’s themes.