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Norman Schwenk

Love What Is Mortal

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‘...a stimulating read...they richly reward
rereading...fresh, vibrant...’
Nigel Jenkins on Cadillac Temple: haiku sequences
‘...ebullient, rapscallion, hilarious and tender, Norman
Schwenk’s poems sing with life...’
Maggie Butt on Book of Songs
‘...it’s the humanity that moves me, the various
humanity—funny, sad, reflective, ribald...’
Jeremy Hooker on Book of Songs and Cadillac Temple
‘Norman Schwenk is a wordsmith of great quality,
someone who can fix a moment or an idea and make it
come alive on the page, taking the reader to places he
never dreamed of going.’
Phil Carradice on The More Deceived: poems about love
and lovers
‘...manages to make a poetry both live and true to a
mythology that bears very much on contemporary
issues...’
Stewart Brown on The Black Goddess

Norman Schwenk was born and grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He completed his academic studies in the United States, before moving to Sweden, and then to Cardiff in 1965 as a Lecturer in American Literature. For many years Norman taught Creative Writing at Cardiff University, before retiring from full-time teaching in 2002, to concentrate upon his own writing and publishing.

His writing has been published in various American and Welsh magazines, and Parthian has published various collections of his work. In 2004 he co-edited an anthology of poems about St Melangell, The Hare That Hides Within, which won an award as a Welsh Books Council Poetry Best-seller. In 2005 Parthian published The More Deceived: Poems about Love and Lovers, in 2015 Book of Songs, and in 2016 Love What is Mortal: Selected Poems, which brings together collections of his poems from the 1960s to the present day.