No Way Out but Through
A poet of poise and power. No Way Out but Through, Schwartz's third collection of poems, showcases some of this writer's many strengths. She's a stubborn anti-sentimentalist who can write wrenching elegies. She's an archivist of memories, a celebrant for the forgotten or nearly forgotten, who also writes eloquently of the undertow of oblivion. She's an anthologist of anxiety dreams. Irritated by Cordelia and partial to the Fisherman's Wife, she's a contrarian reader. At all times, Schwartz's poetic voice is piercingly honest. Her tough-minded intelligence leaves plenty of room for questions and regrets.