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By Stephen C. PollockPublisher: Windtree PressISBN: 978-1957638683Genre: PoetryPrice: Paperback $14.99; eBook $3.99
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Stephen C. Pollock's poetry collection Exits explores the theme of mortality, the cycles of life, and the universal search for meaning. Multilayered and musical, the poems in Exits have drawn comparisons to the poetry of Seamus Heaney and the sonnets of William Shakespeare. The collection features a potpourri of styles, ranging from traditional forms to free verse to hybrid works. Nine of the poems have appeared in literary journals, and ten have been recognized in literary competitions. Exits has been honored with the Gold Medal for poetry in the Readers’ Favorite 2023 International Book Awards. Echoing this accolade, Midwest Book Review declares “Exits is a book that has profoundly impacted the literary world.”

Stephen C. Pollock is a recipient of the Rolfe Humphries Poetry Prize and a former associate professor at Duke University. His debut collection Exits was awarded the Gold Medal for poetry in the 2023 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards. His poems have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals, including Blue Unicorn, The Road Not Taken, Live Canon Anthology, Coffin Bell, Verseweavers, and Buddhist Poetry Review.


Full of wit, insight, and provocative imagery, “Exits” is a masterful collection by award-winning poet Stephen C. Pollock. The formal poems are the best. Some are sonnets as artful as any by Shakespeare or Ben Jonson.

IndieReader, 5.0 stars

Dedicated to the beauty and frailty of life, the poetry collection Exits exemplifies the musicality of language.

Forward Clarion Reviews

Pollock’s poetry is brilliant. The exploration of form is thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring. Many of Pollock’s pieces are reminiscent of Irish poets like Eavan Boland and Seamus Heaney.

Kristiana Reed, Editor-in-Chief, Free Verse Revolution