Stalking the Florida Panther
(The Word Works, 1987)
Winner of the Word Works Washington prize, 1985
"In this fine first book the eternal themes of love, loss, unrequital, and forgiveness come together with the characters to form a remarkably unified whole. To enter here is to meet and be moved by the gambling father, the long-lost lover, a Jewish child's version of Jesus, women at the tomato packing plant, and Old World ancestors, all fully realized. Shomer's talent is fully mature and should gain her rapid recognition."
"I don't know when I have read a new collection of poems with such excitement as Stalking the Florida Panther. For some time I have been watching the rising star of Enid Shomer. What a delight now to be rewarded again and again with breath-stopping phrases and images; to have whole novels of experience spilled onto single pages. Shomer's poetry is compelling. Having started, I couldn't put the book down."