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Budget Travel Through Space and Time: Poemsby Albert Goldbarth
Synopses & Reviews
A new kaleidoscopic itinerary of poems by Albert Goldbarth, twice winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
The glass eye = a prosthetic eye.
And a telescope lens?—the dream life
of the glass eye when its closed.
—from “About the Dead”
Albert Goldbarths trusty travel guide, Budget Travel through Space and Time, is a steal. For only $14.00, you can:
• Observe the nation of Tuvalu sinking into the Pacific!
• Discover Goldbarths Law of Physics (“At the moment when the past becomes two futures, / it becomes two pasts”)!
• Earn 27,000 frequent-flyer miles* by accompanying the Arctic tern on its annual migration!
• Witness William Herschel construct his famed telescope from horse manure in the late 1770s!
• Journey into the Paleolithic and waaay beyond to observe “The Most Ancient Light in Existence”!
• Witness why Goldbarth is “a dazzling virtuoso who can break your heart” (Joyce Carol Oates), and ponder how “Goldbarth finds startling and intricate connections where no one else has thought to look” (National Book Critics Circle citation, 2002)!
*Budget restrictions apply
"Goldbarth's 23rd volume of verse begins with a joke about astrophysics and ends with a man kneeling to kiss 'the mouth of the Sphinx'; in between, the improbably exuberant, undeniably polymathic and frequently moving poems and sequences touch on sinking Pacific islands, ancient Martians, 'the rather ramlike bas-relief faces of Babylonian gods,' the first few American presidents, Yiddish words, pickpockets, tattoos and prayers. Almost all these topics illuminate one another; Goldbarth (Troubled Lovers in History, etc.) can connect anything to anything else in a heartbeat. Though Goldbarth's rapid, slightly talky style has not changed since his last few outings (two of which picked up National Book Critics Circle Awards), the volume marks a new publisher and perhaps a new balance between Goldbarth's recent gravity and his much-appreciated levity. Many poems concern aging and time, in individuals and in civilizations, from cave paintings to the amorous, ill-fated, erotic entanglements of patients in nursing homes. Readers of science writing, of science fiction, of personal essays, of American or Jewish history should find something to love in Goldbarth's 'lollapalooza kaboom/ in inventing the future,' and his 'equal urge to reconstruct/ and solve the past.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Albert Goldbarth is a poet, essayist, and novelist. He is the author of Many Circles: New and Selected Essays and Pieces of Payne, among many other books. He lives in Wichita, Kansas.
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