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Through Michael Blumenthal’s eyes we gain a renewed, childlike wonder at everything from plants, trees, and relationships, to the most fundamental word in our vocabulary: AND. Michael Blumenthal uses the conjunction – AND – to unify this new collection and create a incantatory, sonorous rhythm to his work. The result is a book of poems-as-hymns-and-praises.
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Through Michael Blumenthal’s eyes we gain a renewed, childlike wonder at everything from plants, trees, and relationships, to the most fundamental word in our vocabulary: AND. Michael Blumenthal uses the conjunction – AND – to unify this new collection and create a incantatory, sonorous rhythm to his work. The result is a book of poems-as-hymns-and-praises.

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And The Small, Cantilevered Emblems of The Hills May Be in Vain

 

Stillness has its own ethos: a bird, terrified, on

its branch, does not tell jokes. But the human world

is filled with farts and cat-calls, with the bombast

of too many syllables uttered in vain, and how

 

Shall we demonstrate to the hills that we are serious

in our self-importance, that we have been singing,

all these years, for the mere pleasure of listening

to our own voices? Slowly the river runs

between the beeches and oaks, the willow quivers

in the slightest of winds, and everywhere we look

something is beseeching us: silence silence

amid the deep, dismissive susurrus of the trees.

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About Michael

Michael Blumenthal graduated from the Cornell Law School with a J.D. degree in 1974, after studying philosophy and economics at the State U. of New York at Binghamton. His seventh book of poems, And, will be published by BOA Editions in May, 2009. A graduate of...

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