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.
Michael gives an overview of the book:
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.
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...