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

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"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 unmista
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Hardcover, 370 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Graywolf Press
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James Murphy
Dec 28, 2010 James Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The lifetime of work represented by The Kitchen Sink is impressive. Goldbarth's adept in many styles. He can provoke thought with the short lightning stab of word and image. But his longer poems become engaging stories working not by elegance or grace alone but often by the unexpected, and in long narratives in which the words race pellmell down the page in a swelling stampede. I like him best that way. His poems are spun-out situations that look at 2 or more effects at once to form beautiful mo ...more
Mark
Oct 20, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, poetry
Although I majored in English literature, I'm more of a novel/short story enthusiast than a reader of poetry. Generally, the major poets I read in college (Spenser, Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth, Tennyson) put me to sleep. Sacrilege, I know; there were a few I really liked (Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," William Blake, Milton's "Paradise Lost," Christina Rossetti) but these were poets (or poems, anyway) who told stories. I also liked some of the older poems ("Beowulf," "Dream of the Roo ...more
John
Dec 02, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
35 years of selected poems, arranged more by theme than order of composition. As he steers clear (usually) of private imagery and opaque language his work is easier to read and grasp than that of most contemporary poets. That he's also often funny and capable of illuminating juxtapositions (he's very fond of juxtapositions---"Goldbarth's Rule of Confusion (and Unexplainable Beauty): / Any one thing: two things." --"Bundh"). His poems tend to be long, but many here are divided into free verse 14- ...more
Li Seagull
Mar 10, 2014 Li Seagull rated it liked it
Shelves: meh, library-book, poetry, 2014
It was alright but too much for extended periods of time some of it was overwhelming some of it was underwhelming and that's alright but maybe it's not for me
Arthur
Feb 24, 2013 Arthur rated it it was amazing
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Could I just say that this is the best book of poetry I've ever read and leave it at that? But really, never has a collection of modern poetry captured my attention and my heart so much. Goldbarth has this aura about him in these pieces that just gives the reader the feeling he/she is reading something incredibly emotional and intellectual.
Jaime
Oct 21, 2007 Jaime rated it it was amazing
Reading Albert Goldbarth's poetry is like reading an encyclopedia of the human struggle. He's prolific. I guarantee you'll learn something from just about every poem you read.
Pewterbreath
Dec 28, 2007 Pewterbreath rated it it was amazing
Glorious! This is one book I really want to own. Goldbarth is THE best poet of our times, in my opinion.
Jenny
May 15, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This is a fun read. It also one of the few books that I have read as an adult that challenged my vocabulary.
Hannah Jane
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I have no idea what I just read. I feel the same way I feel when I'm looking at a Kandinsky painting. Completely befuddled. Like, this may be really good if only I knew what the heck was going on.
Devon
Jan 06, 2009 Devon rated it really liked it
Well titled. At his best, Goldbarth manages to sweep up the entire culture--high, low, pop, mandarin--into his poems. Sometimes, they're just baggy, but when they work, boy do they work.
Fred Kirchner
Jul 15, 2009 Fred Kirchner is currently reading it
dude can write a poem. check out the 2nd poem in the book, Library. And also read Roses and Skulls on p. 118. Bought this puppy at City Lights Bookstore in the Poetry Room!
Jennifer
May 28, 2009 Jennifer marked it as to-read
Shelves: after-the-mfa
I just attended a Keynote Reading at Converse College by Albert Goldbarth. He is the writer-in-residence. I hope to read more of his poetry.
Nancy
Sep 24, 2015 Nancy rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry, abandoned
It's not you, it's me. This poetry collection just didn't speak to me.
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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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“I think it's the future. At least, it's the future
we called "tomorrow." Here it is,
"today": one hundred cups of effort,
good intentions, small misunderstandings,
stretching away from the bed
and finally leading back to it.”
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