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Everyday People: Poems

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The not-at-all-everyday new poetry collection by Albert Goldbarth, twice winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

I brought a book of many words
to an emptiness in my heart,
and I shook them out in there, to fill it.
In my time I wrote this very thing.
In your time you read it.
—from “What We Were Like”

Virtuoso poet Albert Goldbarth returns with a new collection t
Paperback, 178 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Graywolf Press
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James Murphy
Everyday People is an oversized book. It's ahape is a big square demanding more room in your lap than most books. And for a volume of poems not selected or collected it's thick. The size is appropriate because Albert Goldbarth writes big. I like it when a reviewer tells me each page of a book presents a world. I'm attracted to the idea of encyclopedic writing. Most novels so hyped disappoint. Goldbarth's poetry doesn't make the encyclopedic claim but that's what you get.

The poems here are for th
Goldbarth's obsessions with sex and death and puns continue to rear up throughout his latest gathering. There were a few poems here where I lost the thread completely because he just seemed to be trying for that private imagery and difficult language that drives audiences away. Still, I like his stuff better than any other living poet's--he is usually easy to understand, funny as heck when he's being funny and just a strong candidate for Most Interesting Mind In The World. He writes relatively l ...more
I love how Goldbarth makes the everyday cosmic--the same way he makes common language transcendent. I do wonder why he seems to know so many strippers in Wichita, though.
Dane Rune
I got this book on the goodreads giveaway, and I am especially thankful for it. This was quite a prize. It was great, thoughtful poetry. Goldbarth draws on a variety of sources, such as news events and science, in order to draw upon the reader's emotions. He starts on tangents, but draws all threads to a satisfying close at the end of each poem. Great read.
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I keep trying to like Albert Goldbarth's poems more than I actually do. He is obviously a central voice in American poetry today, but it's not always my cup of tea. Lots to enjoy, ponder and laugh about in this new collection.
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Albert Goldbarth is an American poet born January 31, 1948 in Chicago. He is known for his prolific production, his gregarious tone, his eclectic interests and his distinctive 'talky' style. He has been a Guggenheim fellow and won the National Book Critics Circle award in 1991 and 2001, the only poet to receive the honor two times. He also won the Mark Twain Award for Humorous Poetry, awarded by t ...more
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