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Selfish

Poems
Albert Goldbarth
And you
 
perhaps don’t like this poem: its free verse
or its narrative or the way it uses
gender or the heavy-handed
word-play of its title.
 
Like I care.
 
I wrote this for me.
 
—from “‘Try the selfish,’”
In his latest collection, the incomparable Albert Goldbarth explores all things “self-ish”: the origins of identity, the search for ancestry, the neurology of self-awareness, and the line between “self” and “other.” Whether one line long or ten pages, whether uproariously comic or steeped in gravitas, these are poems that address our human essence.

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ISBN
978-1-55597-708-5
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
Subject
Pages
184
Trim Size
7 x 9
“If Goldbarth belongs to a school, he is surely its sole member. He’s simply . . . one of our most generous working poets.”—The Rumpus

About the Author

Albert  Goldbarth
Credit: Michael Pointer
Albert Goldbarth is the author of Adventures of Form and Content and more than twenty-five books of poetry, including Everyday People, To Be Read in 500 Years, and The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems 1972–2007. He has twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, and is a recipient of the Mark Twain Award from the Poetry Foundation. He selflessly lives in Wichita, Kansas.
 
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Praise

  • “Phenomenal.”Divedapper
  • “[Goldbarth has] an original, far-reaching, exciting, and rewarding aesthetic. He brings great fluency and wit to this colloquial, contemplative collection.”Booklist
  • “Goldbarth arrives regularly at dazzling revelations. . . . His poems are hugely generous and warmly empathetic.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • “Irrepressibly exuberant.”Publishers Weekly
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