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To Be Read in 500 Years

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So often (let's be honest here) we poets
will invent dreams, for our own strategic purposes.
But this one is real, and one of the few
I remember. I awoke in the future.
—from "Mailbox"

To Be Read in 500 Years is the poet Albert Goldbarth's time capsule for a future that none of us can now imagine—a world without mailboxes, without sexual reproduction, without oil or tillable s
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 27th 2009 by Graywolf Press
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Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well, Goldbarth's interest in death and in memorializing relationships that fail or are transformed to unrecognizability continues--as does his obsession with sex. The latter does fuel the terrific title poem, which is a wild outburst of vivid stream of consciousness images and blues lyrics. I enjoyed "Dial H for 'Hero'", in which he reminisces about intimate moments with people like Picasso and Marie Curie, and "The Blank" in which he makes an "easy joke" out of giving the enigmatic Tara the la ...more
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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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