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ISBN 978-0-8101-5245-8
Publication Date
April 2014
Page Count
88 pages
Trim Size
6-1/8 x 8-1/2


The Marriage Dialogues
Samuel Hazo

The poems in Samuel Hazo’s Sexes: The Marriage Dialogues are concerned with how husbands and wives confront each other at life’s various intersections—sometimes casually, sometimes profoundly. It is at these points that the most interesting differences in gender reveal themselves. From the first poem (“Banterers”) to the last (“Ballad of the Old Lovers”) Hazo’s attuned ear picks up quotidian conversational exchanges, but the words are never window dressing. They hint at inevitable insights and misunderstandings born out of conjugal love. Each poem is a vignette of the moving and surprising moments that are married life.
About the Author

SAMUEL HAZO is the author of books of poetry, fiction, essays, and plays, and the founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh. He is the translator of Adonis’s The Pages of Day and Night (Marlboro Press, 2000). His book of poems Just Once: New and Selected Poems received the Maurice English Poetry Award in 2003. His latest books are The Stroke of the Pen: Essays on Poetry and Other Provocations (2011) and a novel, The Time Remaining (2012). A National Book Award finalist, he was chosen the first State Poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1993, and he served until 2003.


“Sam Hazo has written about love and marriage with insight, heart, and humor.”—Academy Award winner Eva Marie Saint

“With his exceptional ear for dialogue and ability to discern what is meant from what is said, Sam Hazo gives us in Sexes sketch after provocative sketch of the attraction, competition, enduring love, and disdain that exist between women and men. Bantering about the everyday and seemingly trivial, his characters face the challenges of birth, sex, death, and cleaning the attic. Honest and manipulative, compassionate and cruel, they manage both to destroy—arguing over “whatever never was the issue”—and to restore, as “[w]ord by word, they [weave] themselves in touch again.” Hazo takes no prisoners in this wise and unsparing collection. He also may have found, at last, what it is that women want.—Jo McDougall, author of Daddy’s Money