From Library Journal
There aren't many poets these days who can get away with using words like beautiful and wonderful and good--but in Blumenthal's work, these words seem fresh and underutilized. Blumenthal (The Wages of Goodness) writes in a style that is pure, simple, utterly accessible, loving, lyrical, and full of emotion. He writes of a Scrabble game: "as you wind up with family and I end with above/ on this old, fated gameboard of luck and love." In this book, which won the 1999 Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, he speaks about everything from chairs to pineapples to his small son's antics to a wasp that has entered his study. Recommended for public and academic libraries.
-Judy Clarence, California State Univ. Lib., Hayward
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"Blumenthal offers a mix of formal and rhythm-driven poems that are both sharp and lush, and propel themes of love, lust, longing and loss. Like Howard Nemerov and Wallace Stevens, from whom Blumenthal has learned much, these poems are remarkable for their keen social and personal observations as for their musical language."--BOOK JACKET. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.