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The Kitchen Sink

New and Selected Poems, 1972-2007

Albert Goldbarth


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"Albert Goldbarth is . . . a contemporary genius with the language itself . . . There is simply no contemporary poet like him." —David Baker, The Kenyon Review

Now his, the only
overhead turned on. Now nothing else existed:
only him, and the book, and the light thrown over his shoulders
as luxuriously as a cashmere shawl.
—from "Shawl"

Albert Goldbarth has created an unmistakable signature style—learned, copious, hilarious, and heartbreaking—which has so far spanned an award-winning career of thirty-five years. 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. In both forms, Goldbarth exerts a wild showmanship and an ever-widening scope to illustrate the complex character and interconnectedness of humanity, history, and art. The Kitchen Sink is the definitive book by one of America's most original and entertaining poets.

Praise For The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972-2007

“Albert Goldbarth just may be the American poet of his generation for the ages. Often humorous but always serious, Goldbarth combines erudite research, pop-culture fanaticism, and personal anecdote in ways that make his writings among the most stylistically recognizable in the literary world.” —Judith Kitchen, The Georgia Review

Graywolf Press, 9781555974626, 370pp.

Publication Date: March 6, 2007

About the Author

Albert Goldbarth is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including Budget Travel Through Space and Time; four essay collections; and a novel. He has twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He lives in Wichita, Kansas.