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THE PATIENCE OF ORDINARY THINGS

It is a kind of love, is it not?
How the cup holds the tea,
How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare,
How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes
Or toes. How soles of feet know
Where they’re supposed to be.
I’ve been thinking about the patience
Of ordinary things, how clothes
Wait respectfully in closets
And soap dries quietly in the dish,
And towels drink the wet
From the skin of the back.
And the lovely repetition of stairs.
And what is more generous than a window?

~ Pat Schneider
Another River: New and Selected Poems
Amherst Writers & Artists Press
 
Chair - Summer morning THE PATIENCE OF ORDINARY THINGS

Window – Summer Morning – Dorset by Fanny Rush
Oil on Canvas, 67cm x 67cm

 
*The painting above the stairs in Pat’s home is by one of Britain’s most preeminent artists, Fanny Rush. She contacted Pat to request using “The Patience of Ordinary Things” as a theme poem in the catalogue, and as title for her upcoming show, and made a gift of a print of the painting for Pat. Her work can be seen at www.fannyrush.com.

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Half Price Book Sale for these books:

Wake Up Laughing:
A Spiritual Autobiography

Pat Schneider,
Amherst Writers & Artists Press,
Paperback edition
ISBN 0-942544-54-4, 197pp.“…this book is terrific… very compelling – skeptical, generous, funny, straight-talking, wry – not a drop of grandstanding or fakery…”~ Paul Jenkins, Editor, The Massachusetts Review

Regular Price: $15.00


$7.50 Sale Price

Another River:
New and Selected Poems

Pat Schneider.
Paper.Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 2005.ISBN 0941895-30-0. 138 pp.“She continually gets inside the things that are inside the reader.  She sees things the way they are and her language always rises above the ordinary meanings of words.” ~ North Dakota Review by Don Junkins, Poet, former Director, MFA in Creative Writing Program, University of Massachusetts.

 

Regular Price: $12.00


$6.00 Sale Price

 

BOOKS FROM OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS


How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice.Pat Schneider. Paperback,Oxford University Press.ISBN 978-0-19-993396-9 303 pp. 

Signed copies available here. “If there is one book on writers or writing you can read this year, I emphatically recommend this one. — Sapphire, author of Push and The Kid.


$18.95

 
Writing Alone and DVDDiane Garey and Larry Hott, who have received top awards for their documentaries nationally and internationally, created this DVD that includes their film about Pat’s workshop in a factory town.A valuable aid to persons working with special populations: the incarcerated, youth at risk, low income writers, etc.

$30.00
Writing Alone DVD ONLYThe DVD features interviews with Pat and with several workshop leaders using the method described in the book. Includes a series of thirteen writing exercises and the film about a workshop Pat led for fifteen years in a factory town, by Florentine/Hott Productions, Tell Me Something I Can’t Forget.  Link: View Video of film segments.


$15.00

Writing Alone and with OthersPat Schneider. Paperback

Published by Oxford University Press.

ISBN 0-19-516572-1.  416 pp.

Available in bookstores everywhere.  
Signed copies available from the author. The book is designed for the solitary writer as well as those leading classes or groups. “The wisest teacher of writing I know.”

~ Peter Elbow, from the Foreword.


$19.99

 

 

Regularly Priced Books:

The Patience of Ordinary Things
Pat Schneider.
Paper. Chapbook.Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 2003.ISBN 0-941895-26-2. 38 pp.This small volume contains twenty-four of Pat’s most loved poems.

 

Price: $8.00

Olive Street Transfer
Pat Schneider (Poems)
Paper.Amherst Writers & Artists Press.ISBN 0-941895-17-3, 86 pp.

Beautifully produced by Oxbow Press, Hatfield, Ma. “This collection is particularly exciting because it offers the arc of Schneider’s work from some favorite early poems through new work that reflects the range of her commitment to social justice, her humor, and the exploration of intimate landscapes and relationships.” ~ Sue Walker, Poet Laureate of Alabama.

 

Regular Price: $10.00

Line Fence
Peter Schneider.Illustrated by Wilbur Pearson.
Paper.Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 2006.ISBN 941895-32-7. 84pp.

 

“Peter Schneider’s poems are clear and honest and beautiful.  He has grabbed the big questions of life and death by the bull’s horns and made them fit into the legs of a pheasant hen, a shag bark hickory and the blue veins of a woman’s breasts.  There is so much love here, I feel blessed.” ~ Maureen Jones, Author: Blessed are the Menial Chores.

 

Regular Price: $10.00

Signed Broadside
Poem by Pat Schneider,Illustration by Barry MoserSigned by both Schneider and Moser. 

$150.00 unframed. All proceeds donated to Amherst Writers & Artists outreach to under-served populations. For text of poem click the link below the broadside at the left.

 

Price: $75.00

In Our Own Voices:
Writings by Women in Low Income Housing
(Pat Schneider’s Original Chicopee Workshop. Florentine Film about this workshop is in the DVD, available below).“This book speaks to the profound developmental achievements that can be gained when women work together in groups. It has important implications for work with low-income women and important implications for female adult development in general.” — Joan Berzoff, Associate Professor and Co-Direcor, Doctoral Program, Smith College School for Social Work.Regular Price: $10.00

 

 

 

Collector’s Copies

White River Junction
Pat’s first collection of poems.
Collector’s copies only remaining.
Paper.
ISBN 0892-9041, 34pp.

 

Number One in the Amherst Writers & Artists Press Chapbook Series.

 

Regular Price: $30.00

Long Way Home

NOTE: Collector’s Copies only remaining.  Paper.

ISBN 0-941895-11-4, 96pp.

 

“The poems are finely made . . . a thread of natural praise runs through her collection . . . will appeal to pilgrims whether knowing or unaware.” ~ Small Press Magazine

 

Regular Price: $40.00

 

I’m delighted that my poem “The Patience of Ordinary Things” has just been published in Anchor Magazine accompanied by Fanny Rush’s stunning painting. (Please click on the link above or the painting below to see it).

Window - Summer Morning - Dorset by Fanny Rush Oil on Canvas, 67cm x 67cm

Window – Summer Morning – Dorset by Fanny Rush
Oil on Canvas, 67cm x 67cm

I’m in love with Fanny and her work. You can see more at www.fannyrush.com. Continue reading

 

How the Light Gets In
 
 
How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice.

Pat Schneider. Paperback, ISBN 978-0-19-993396-9 303 pp. Oxford University Press. Signed copies available here. “If there is one book on writers or writing you can read this year, I emphatically recommend this one. — Sapphire, author of Push and The Kid.
 
$18.95
 

 

 

Writing Alone and With Others
 
 
Writing Alone and with Others

Pat Schneider. Paperback, ISBN 0-19-516572-1.  416 pp. Published by Oxford University Press. Available in bookstores everywhere.  
Signed copies available from the author. The book is designed for the solitary writer as well as those leading classes or groups. “The wisest teacher of writing I know.” ~ Peter Elbow, from the Foreword.

 

$19.99
 

 

 

Broadsheet
 
 
Signed Broadside

Signed by Schneider and Moser.  Poem by Pat Schneider, Illustration by Barry Moser  $150.00 unframed. All proceeds donated to Amherst Writers & Artists outreach to under-served populations. For text of poem click the link below the broadside at the left.
 
$150.00
 

 
To hear Pat read the poem, click here.
 

Writing alone DVD Only
 
 
Writing Alone DVD ONLY

The DVD features interviews with Pat and with several workshop leaders using the method described in the book. Includes a series of thirteen writing exercises and the film about a workshop Pat led for fifteen years in a factory town, by Florentine/Hott Productions, Tell Me Something I Can’t Forget.  Link: View Video of film segments.

$15.00


 

 

Writing Alone book and DVD
 
 
Writing Alone and DVD

Diane Garey and Larry Hott, who have received top awards for their documentaries nationally and internationally, created this DVD that includes their film about Pat’s workshop in a factory town.  A valuable aid to persons working with special populations: the incarcerated, youth at risk, low income writers, etc.
 
$30.00


 

 

Wake Up Laughing
 
 
Wake Up Laughing, A Spiritual Autobiography

Pat Schneider, Amherst Writers & Artists Press, Paperback edition, $18.00. ISBN 0-942544-54-4, 197pp. “…this book is terrific… very compelling – skeptical, generous, funny, straight-talking, wry – not a drop of grandstanding or fakery…”  ~ Paul Jenkins, Editor, The Massachusetts Review.

$15.00


 

 

Another River
 
 
Another River: New and Selected Poems

Pat Schneider. Paper. ISBN 0941895-30-0. 138 pp. Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 2005. “She continually gets inside the things that are inside the reader.  She sees things the way they are and her language always rises above the ordinary meanings of words.”  North Dakota Review by Don Junkins, Poet,  former Director, MFA in Creative Writing Program, University of Massachusetts.

$12.00


 

 

Olive Street Transfer

 
 
Olive Street Transfer

Pat Schneider (Poems) Paper. ISBN 0-941895-17-3, 86 pp. Amherst Writers & Artists Press.  Beautifully produced by Oxbow Press, Hatfield, Ma. “This collection is particularly exciting because it offers the arc of Schneider’s work from some favorite early poems through new work that reflects the range of her commitment to social justice, her humor, and the exploration of intimate landscapes and relationships.” ~ Sue Walker, Poet Laureate of Alabama.

$18.00


 

 

Line Fence
 
 
Line Fence

Peter Schneider. Illustrated by Wilbur Pearson. Paper. ISBN 941895-32-7. 84pp. Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 2006.  “Peter Schneider’s poems are clear and honest and beautiful.  He has grabbed the big questions of life and death by the bull’s horns and made them fit into the legs of a pheasant hen, a shag bark hickory and the blue veins of a woman’s breasts.  There is so much love here, I feel blessed.” ~ Maureen Jones, Author: Blessed are the Menial Tasks.

$14.00


 

 

The Patience of Ordinary things
 
 
The Patience of Ordinary Things

Pat Schneider. Paper. Chapbook. ISBN 0-941895-26-2. 38 pp. Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 2003. This small volume contains twenty-four of Pat’s most loved poems.

$8.00


 

 

COLLECTOR’S COPIES

The Long Way Home

Long Way Home

 

NOTE: Collector’s Copies only remaining.  Paper. ISBN 0-941895-11-4, 96pp. “The poems are finely made . . . a thread of natural praise runs through her collection . . . will appeal to pilgrims whether knowing or unaware.” ~ Small Press Magazine

$40.00


 

 

COLLECTOR’S COPIES

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION

White River Junction

Pat’s first collection of poems. Collector’s copies only remaining. Paper. ISBN 0892-9041, 34pp. Number One in the Amherst Writers & Artists Press Chapbook Series.

$30.00


 
 

 

Pat’s poems have been read sixteen times by Garrison Keillor on Writers Almanac.

Click on the dates to hear Keillor read each:

Middle Age
Apr. 26, 2004

PAT & GARRISON KEILLOR 2014

Welcoming Angels

Dec. 28, 2002

Dec. 28, 2003

Oct. 17, 2008

Personal Address

Dec. 20, 1996

Dec. 20, 1997

Dec. 20, 1998

Oct. 17, 2008

The Patience of Ordinary Things

Oct. 27, 2008

Lessons

Nov. 3, 2008

Middle-Age

Jan. 18, 2009

To A High School Senior

Jul. 10, 2009

Overnight

Aug. 13, 2009

Sound of the Night Train

Sep. 26, 2009

I Was Mean to You Today

Jan. 4, 2010

How the Stars Came Down

Sep. 20, 2010

 
 
Pat and Peter

Garrison Keillor has read one of Peter’s poems on Writers Almanac.

Click on the date to hear Keillor read his poem:

The Thumb
Nov. 7, 2009

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In this season of great fear and danger, when wars and rumors of wars clash against our consciousness, it seems to me that we must do two things: commit ourselves to action toward peace and justice in every way possible to us, – and find in the small things, the tender things, the quiet things, meaning and patience and hope.
 
I do hold the hope and the belief that we are not alone in this universe. Although it is beyond my understanding or ability to name, I do experience what the ancient Hebrew poet expressed: Underneath are the everlasting arms.
 
 
 
 
 
I offer this new poem as a year’s end gift:
 
 

AROUND US

Snow fall
and all

the seeds
the birds feed on
covered.

Tiny, earnest
air full flakes

cover the hand
that spreads
more seeds.

Mercy and woe
world sized

abounds.
Around us
always the fall

and the hand
offering more.

Pat Schneider
 
 
 
 
 

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Click on each of the pictures above for a poem.

“Pat Schneider is a fuse lighter. Her work is gentle, playful, brilliant, and revolutionary. She is the real animal.”
~ Julia Cameron, author of The Right to Write and The Artist’s Way

“The wisest teacher of writing I know.”
~ Peter Elbow, from the Foreword to Writing Alone and With Others

 

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