The Kitchen Sink

The Kitchen Sink
New and Selected Poems, 1972-2007
Albert Goldbarth

A Finalist for the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize

“In the hands of a poet like Goldbarth…the whole is so much more than the dribblingly delicious sum of its parts.”—Los Angeles Times

About the Book

Now in paperback, the career-spanning retrospective by Albert Goldbarth, the only poet to have won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry twice
Now his, the only
overhead turned on. Now nothing else existed:
only him, and the book, and the light thrown over his
as luxuriously as a cashmere shawl.
—from “Shawl”

Albert Goldbarth has created an unmistakable signature style—learned, copious, hilarious, and heartbreaking. The Kitchen Sink brings together forty new poems with a rich selection of earlier poetry, ranging from the brief, flickering lyric to the long, narrative sequence. This is the definitive book by one of America’s most original and entertaining poets.

Additional Reviews

“Goldbarth’s imagination is nomadic, his curiosity omnivorous, taking him to 17th century Prague and an encounter with a golem, to Rembrandt’s studio where Gypsy Rose Lee happens to drop in, to the Chicago neighborhood he grew up in.  Albert could outtalk and outwit Leno and Letterman, Stewart and Colbert; he’s much funnier than all of them.”­—Parnassus

“This long collection is just right for this poet of excess and enthusiasms, always hoping to show, and often showing, how ‘the world// not only works but networks.’”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Albert Goldbarth is a national treasure, one of America’s most original and entertaining poets.”—Sanford Herald

“A collection of collections on a number of levels, dazzling, enlightening, serious, and elegant in its scope and intelligence—and riddled with humor.”—The Literary Review