Against Romance

Against Romance

by Michael Blumenthal
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Kurt Heinzelman
"It is as difficult to dislike a Blumenthal poem as to dislike a piece by Mozart... Against Romance is a testament to empowerment, to the resilience, one might say romantically, of the heart or at least of decent speech."
THE MASSACHUSETTS REVIEW
Library Journal
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. Ivan Arguelles, Univ. of California at Berkeley Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781929355235
Publisher:
Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press
Publication date:
05/05/2006
Pages:
110
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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"I know of no younger poet with a greater natural gift, nor of anyone who has used it better."
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"one of the natural poets of his generation..."
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"I have no doubt that Michael Blumenthal is one of the best poets of his generation."

Meet the Author


Michael Blumenthal holds the Darden Distinguished Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Old Dominion University. He is author of Dusty Angel (BOA, 1999), which won the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, as well as four other poetry books, one novel, one memoir, an essay collection, and translations of poems by Peter Kantor. Publications include The New Yorker, and Paris Review.

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