Join us in welcoming celebrated poet Albert Goldbarth to Village Books!
Rarely has Goldbarth's lyric almanac of history and the oddities of the universe been on more stunning display than in History (and Pre-). Pharaohs of ancient Egypt, Jesus, the neighbors' kids, the great sky full of stars, and countless other figures fill this book, along with a flurry of stories nesting in their respective eras. As always, through the agency of Goldbarth's unerring mind and ear, they reveal our own DNA shining at the edges of the galaxy and of our history and everything we love.
For five decades Albert Goldbarth has been astonishing readers with the erudition, wit, lyric invention, wisdom and depthless humanity of his writing, of which there has been a ton: twenty-nine books of poems, five collections of essays, and a novel, all of it as wide-ranging and as distinctive as contemporary writing ever gets. It is no wonder, then, that he has won the National Book Critics Circle Award twice, the only poet to have done so, been awarded the Mark Twain Prize for humor in poetry, the Chad Walsh Memorial Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and other honors and awards. His style has been called "ravenously attentive," mixing complex ideas, juxtapositions between wildly dissimilar objects and facts, detailed descriptions, puns, coinages, striking and extended lyrical passages and a whole menu of jargons and idiomatic slantings. In his review in the journal Slant, Eric McHenry wrote, "in spite of this omnivorousness, the poems aren't just big maximalist messes. Synthesis is Goldbarth's goal and his gift."