2016 - Paperback
David Weisstub is best known as a major figure in the world of law and psychiatry, where language must be exact and conform to precise linguistic standards. But he is more than that. Weisstub is a true poet. It has been said that poetry is the frontier of language. I can now see Weisstub's moving poetry as the basic inspiration of the work of his brilliant mind. His poetry comes from his creative soul, where he is a linguistic pioneer. His poetry is not a pastime; it is his deepest vocation. Weisstub's poetry is wise; his professional work is intelligent. Wisdom is of the soul, and it necessarily includes intelligence. Intelligence is of the mind, but it does not necessarily include wisdom. Weisstub's poetry is both intelligent and wise. It will benefit intelligent people seeking wisdom to carefully read and enter David Weisstub's poetry into their souls.
-David Novak, Shiff Professor of Religion and Philosophy, University of Toronto
"Poetry has the power of pointing at glimpses of reality in ways that are not open for philosophy. It thereby challenges philosophers to rearticulate their thoughts and to readdress their discourses. The poems of David Weisstub as collected in the present volume exemplify this ability of poetry in a splendidly subtle way. Their style is elegant, lucid, meticulous, and at times provocative to the philosopher’s mind."
-Reinier Munk, Professor in the History of Modern Philosophy, Free University of Amsterdam
"The variety and scope in theme, in length, in rhyme (including two in rhyming couplets, ‘Atonement' and 'Recognition,' are especially striking) all add to my admiration. (They) are elevating, truly brilliant, and yet so welcoming to …readers."
-Barbara Galli, translator of Franz Rosenzweig's and Jehuda Halevi’s works
"David Weisstub’s poems engage a wide variety of cultural and historical places and themes. Perhaps their most powerful subject is the conundrum of the relationship between the Jewish idea of God and the painful reality of Jewish history. This tension informs many of the poems, especially the great “Imago Dei.” Biblical and historical figures of Jewish history also complicate the picture, figures like Magnus Hirschfeld, Primo Levi, Heschel, ibn Gabirol. One should mention also the tender poems of family affection and of love. In the best of these poems one feels that thought and feeling are one."
-Rachel Jacoff, Wellesley College
"David Weisstub's book of poems, The Four Corners, sets a bar for eloquence, frankness and intrigue, as well as variability of themes and verbal style few poems could match. Weisstub has a reverence for the solemnity of art and the seriousness of religious and philosophical themes…the images are sharp, idiosyncratic, tender, as in his love poems, powerfully transparent, and fascinating in their mode of expression, but always…musical to the ear."
-Laurence R. Tancredi, MD, JD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry New York University School of Medicine