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Prolific poet Goldbarth (Adventures in Ancient Egypt, LJ 12/96; Beyond, Godine, 1998) presents an eccentric and pleasing cycle of poems about the relationships between lovers and between parent and child. Goldbarth's sensibility is one of the few that deserves to be called cinematic: he works like an avant-garde filmmaker, with the verbal-aesthetic equivalents of jump-cut editing and the hand-held camera. Amusing wherever they are not startling, Goldbarth's superbly intelligent poems change directions at top speed: "There's an airplane in the skies, from somewhere/ out of poetic eternitime, it hides/ between the couplets...and deposits/ a microsurveillance device in one of those alpenroses/ you read about. Yes you/ Äyou're being watched." Goldbarth is a comic and compelling poet. Recommended for all poetry collections.ÄGraham Christian, Andover-Harvard Theological Lib., Cambridge, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Born in Chicago and educated at the University of Illinois and University of Iowa, Goldbarth has taught at various schools, including the University of Texas. Prolific and wide-ranging in content, Goldbarth writes against the grain of much contemporary poetry, which aims to strip language to its barest essentials. His verse, by contrast, is baroque, florid, even---as his critics would have it---cluttered. The effect of his virtuoso verbal performance is to suggest how intensely is the human need for explanation and connection with the vast storehouse of culture within which we live. In his recent works, Goldbarth has pursued his theory that life is a Moebius strip, continually repeating itself, with no discernible beginning or end. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)