The poems in this collection-with the exception of One Day, written for Nahid on our wedding day-poured into my consciousness during my mid-seventies when I was contemplating retirement. That is a moment of transition, a time of life when it seems important to come to grips with the infinity we call God. The themes of the poems-laments for vanished times; critiques of my own life and the world, and the relation between the two, past and present; questions about what it is to be a historian in a culture that rushes so quickly to erase the past; celebrations of the unexpected love that has brightened my life in the last two decades-reflect my conscious and unconscious states of mind more consistently and directly than anything else I have written in my more than five decades as an author. I hope they will resonate with readers, old and young, who already have, or soon enough will, live through the daunting changes that modern culture imposes upon successive generations.
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About the Author
Robert A Rosenstone, a Professor of History at the California Institute of Technology for fifty years, has published fifteen books, including works of biography, history, criticism, and fiction. He has won three Fulbright fellowships, four from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has been a Fellow at the Getty Research Institute and the East-West Center in Honolulu. Rosenstone has served as a visiting faculty member at the University of St. Andrews, the European University Institute in Florence, the University of Barcelona, Manchester University, Kyushu University in Japan, Tolima University in Colombia, and UCLA. His writings have been translated into eleven languages. Do People Look Up at the Moon Anymore? is his first book of poetry. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California with his wife, the photographer, orchid and succulent-grower, and chef extraordinaire, Nahid Massoud.
Details on his career and published works can be found on the website www.rosenstone.com.