Skip to main navigation Skip to main content

Graywolf Press is proud to announce a series of events throughout 2024 celebrating fifty years of adventurous publishing, featuring debut and longstanding authors and taking place in New York City, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Chicago, and Tucson. More here

Book Title


New and Selected Poems
Author 1
Susan Stewart
Poem Excerpt
to the Nth, like the truth of an ending
unskeined across the crust of the white field.
Though it happened only once, I?
am sending the thought?
of the thought?
                          To return to
the field before the mowing.
When a goldfinch swayed
on a blue stem stalk,?
and the wind and the sun
stirred the hay.
—from “After the Mowing”
Cinder: New and Selected Poems gathers poetry from across Susan Stewart’s career, including many extraordinary new poems. From brief songs to longer meditative sequences, and always with formal innovation and exquisite precision, Stewart evokes the innocence of childhood, the endangered mysteries of the natural world, and deeply felt perceptions, both acute and shared. “Stewart explores our insatiable desire to remember and make meaning out of this remembering,” Ange Mlinko writes in TheNation. “Stewart’s elegiac bent has broadened, over time, from the personal lyric…to what might be called the cultural lyric. Fewer and fewer of her poems reference what she alone remembers; they are about what you and I remember.” Reading across this retrospective collection is a singular experience of seeing the unfolding development of one of the most ingenious and moving lyric writers in contemporary poetry.

Share Title

List Price
Publication Date
Publication Date
Trim Size
Trim Size
7 x 9
Now in paperback, “Cinder is brilliant, vibrant, and essential reading.”—Rowan Ricardo Phillips

About the Author

Susan  Stewart
Credit: O Globo, Rio de Janeiro
Susan Stewart is the author of five books of poetry, including Columbarium, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. A former MacArthur Fellow and a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she teaches at Princeton University. Cinder is her most recent collection.
More by author


  • “MacArthur fellow Stewart’s first, career-spanning collection represents 35 years of thought-provoking poems and proves that she continues to rekindle the fires of her creativity and perception, along with those of her readers.”Booklist
  • “Stewart’s poetry stresses to us that we will always have to try again to find the words that will fix and hold our experience. . . . In the meantime Cinder offers a rich sample of the bounty collected in her nets so far.”Boston Review
  •  “[Cinder] showcases Stewart’s accomplished and ongoing exploration of poetry as musical, embodied thinking. . . . Stewart primes readers to listen with the attentiveness from which her poems arise.”Publishers Weekly
  • “Stewart is not a poet to miss, which makes this New and Selected an exciting opportunity.”Library Journal


This book is made possible through a partnership with the College of Saint Benedict, and honors the legacy of S. Mariella Gable, a distinguished teacher at the College. Support has been provided by the Manitou Fund as part of the Warner Reading Program.
Back to Table of Contents