From 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.
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"...a testament to empowerment, to the resilience, one might say romantically, of the heart or at least of decent speech." -- Kurt Heinzelman, The Massachusetts Review
"I have no doubt that Michael Blumenthal is one of the best poets of his generation." -- W. D. Snodgrass
"I know of no younger poet with a greater natural gift, nor of anyone who has used it better." -- Howard Nemerov