Michael Blumenthal

Against Romance

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Description

Poetry. A reprinted edition of the celebrated 1987 Penguin edition (a collection) by the 1985 winner of the Academy of American Poets Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award. “Blumenthal’s new collection moves surely through the contradictions implied by its title. Belonging to the “central” modernist tradition of Wallace Stevens and informed by both wit and intelligence, the poems take us through a variety of topics and moods without losing sight of the book’s pivotal experience, a divorce. Urbane, sophisticated, sometimes self-deprecatory, Blumenthal sustains an observant distance, which only emphasizes the romantic yearning underlying the book’s theme. The best poems work well, arching toward an ethereal, metaphysical tone, as in these lines from the title poem: “and when life turns its dimmed lights up/ once again and the theater empties,/ they find the stranger love always delivers up.” Other poems feel like exercises, but Blumenthal’s voice is growing more authentic”–Library Journal.

Additional information

Weight 6.4 oz
Dimensions 6 x 0.5 x 9 in
Format

Paperback

Author

Michael Blumenthal

ISBN

978-1-929355-23-5

Amazon

http://a.co/eAsoWpe

Original Language

English

Publish Date

5/5/2006

Page/Word Count

122 pages

Praise

It is as difficult to dislike a Blumenthal poem as to dislike a piece by Mozart… Against Romance is a testament to empowerment, of the heart or at least of decent speech., one might say romantically, to the resilience

Awards

A reprinted edition of the celebrated 1987 Penguin edition (a collection) by the 1985 winner of the Academy of American Poets Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award.

Imprint

PBS

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