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The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972-2007

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Now in paperback, the career-spanning retrospective by Albert Goldbarth, the only poet to have won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry twice

                         Now his, the only

overhead turned on. Now nothing else existed:

only him, and the book, and the light thrown over his shoulders

as luxuriously as a cashmere shawl.

                                              —from “Shawl”

Albert Goldbarth has created an unmistakable signature style—learned, copious, hilarious, and heartbreaking. The Kitchen Sink brings together forty new poems with a rich selection of earlier poetry, ranging from the brief, flickering lyric to the long, narrative sequence. This is the definitive book by one of Americas most original and entertaining poets.

Albert Goldbarth is the author of twenty-five books of poetry, including To Be Read in 500 Years. The Kitchen Sink was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He lives in Wichita, Kansas.
A Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
 
Albert Goldbarth has created an unmistakable signature style—learned, copious, hilarious, and heartbreaking—which has so far spanned an award-winning career of thirty-five years.The Kitchen Sink brings together his newest work with a selection of earlier poetry, ranging from the brief, flickering lyric to the long, narrative sequence. In both forms, Goldbarth exerts a wild exuberance matched with a luminous exactitude to illustrate the complex character and interconnectedness of humanity, history, and art. The Kitchen Sink is the definitive book by one of America's most original and entertaining poets.
"Goldbarth is that rarest of birds, a graphomaniac who is always interesting. He's like William Carlos Williams and Auden in their Collecteds, or the largely forgotten Robert Penn Warren in his . . . American poetry will never again see a figure quite like Albert Goldbarth."—David Wojahn, The Kenyon Review
 
"Goldbarth is one of our most ambitious and remarkable poets, and his generous collection gathers more than 125 pieces, ranging from the mythic to the autobiographical, to get at the struggles and small satisfactions of contemporary life."—Los Angeles Times
 
"Few books of poems have sported more apt titles: in 29 earlier books, the almost implausibly prolific Goldbarth has mentioned almost every poetic topic, many that no poet before him has tried. Sometimes encyclopedic, sometimes chatty, given always to digressions, Goldbarth has written his long-lined free verse about ancient Near Eastern crockery, collectible figurines from the '40s, Jewish mysticism, 'the cookbook used by Madame Curie,' 'a spirit from the quantum (and therefore invisible) universe,' cancer, bereavement, sex, lust, underwear, 'native gourds' and 'meteor rubble,' Keats, coin collecting and 'the first of the many McDonald's Happy Meal toys / that Jeremy received with his McNuggets.' Goldbarth's breathless trivia is an end in itself, but it also becomes a means to simpler obsessions, shared with older sorts of lyric poetry. Why do we fall in love, and how can we stay in love? What do children owe their parents, and what, if anything, does America mean? Goldbarth (who has won two National Book Critics Circle awards) badly needed a new selected (his last one came in 1983); this long collection is just right for this poet of excess and enthusiasm, always hoping to show, and often showing, how 'the world / not only works but networks.'"—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
 

Synopsis:

Now in paperback, the career-spanning retrospective by Albert Goldbarth, the only poet to have won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry twice

                         Now his, the only

overhead turned on. Now nothing else existed:

only him, and the book, and the light thrown over his shoulders

as luxuriously as a cashmere shawl.

                                              —from “Shawl”

Albert Goldbarth has created an unmistakable signature style—learned, copious, hilarious, and heartbreaking. The Kitchen Sink brings together forty new poems with a rich selection of earlier poetry, ranging from the brief, flickering lyric to the long, narrative sequence. This is the definitive book by one of Americas most original and entertaining poets.

About the Author

Albert Goldbarth is the author of twenty-five books of poetry, including To Be Read in 500 Years. The Kitchen Sink was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He lives in Wichita, Kansas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555975265
Author:
Goldbarth, Albert
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Children s All Ages - Poetry / Plays
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in
Age Level:
Children's All Ages - Poetry / Plays

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Now in paperback, the career-spanning retrospective by Albert Goldbarth, the only poet to have won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry twice

                         Now his, the only

overhead turned on. Now nothing else existed:

only him, and the book, and the light thrown over his shoulders

as luxuriously as a cashmere shawl.

                                              —from “Shawl”

Albert Goldbarth has created an unmistakable signature style—learned, copious, hilarious, and heartbreaking. The Kitchen Sink brings together forty new poems with a rich selection of earlier poetry, ranging from the brief, flickering lyric to the long, narrative sequence. This is the definitive book by one of Americas most original and entertaining poets.

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