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

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Publisher Comments:

“ Albert Goldbarth is . . . a contemporary genius with the language itself . . . There is simply no contemporary poet like him.”   — David Baker, The Kenyon Review

                              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— which has so far spanned an award-winning career of thirty-five years. 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. In both forms, Goldbarth exerts a wild showmanship and an ever-widening scope 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.

Review:

"Few books of poems have sported more apt titles: in 29 earlier books, the almost implausibly prolific Goldbarth (Budget Travel Through Space and Time) 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) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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.

Synopsis:

"Albert Goldbarth is . . . a contemporary genius with the language itself . . . There is simply no contemporary poet like him." --David Baker, The Kenyon Review

 

               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--which has so far spanned an award-winning career of thirty-five years. 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. In both forms, Goldbarth exerts a wild showmanship and an ever-widening scope 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.

About the Author

Albert Goldbarth is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including Budget Travel Through Space and Time; four essay collections; and a novel. He has twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He lives in Wichita, Kansas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555974626
Author:
Goldbarth, Albert
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.17 x 6.42 x 1.32 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Few books of poems have sported more apt titles: in 29 earlier books, the almost implausibly prolific Goldbarth (Budget Travel Through Space and Time) 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) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by ,
"Albert Goldbarth is . . . a contemporary genius with the language itself . . . There is simply no contemporary poet like him." --David Baker, The Kenyon Review

 

               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--which has so far spanned an award-winning career of thirty-five years. 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. In both forms, Goldbarth exerts a wild showmanship and an ever-widening scope 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.

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