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A sympathy of souls : essays
Goldbarth, Albert.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Coffee House Press ; St. Paul, Minn. : Distributed to trade by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, 1990.
Physical Description:
177 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
These essays have previously appeared in various journals.
After Yitzl -- Parade march from "That creaturely world" -- Fuller -- Threshold -- Wind-up sushi -- Ellen's -- Calling up -- The space.
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Born in Chicago and educated at the University of Illinois and University of Iowa, Goldbarth has taught at various schools, including the University of Texas. Prolific and wide-ranging in content, Goldbarth writes against the grain of much contemporary poetry, which aims to strip language to its barest essentials. His verse, by contrast, is baroque, florid, even---as his critics would have it---cluttered. The effect of his virtuoso verbal performance is to suggest how intensely is the human need for explanation and connection with the vast storehouse of culture within which we live. In his recent works, Goldbarth has pursued his theory that life is a Moebius strip, continually repeating itself, with no discernible beginning or end.

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In his first collection of essays, Goldbarth--much like Charles Olson or Guy Davenport--seeks to fuse imaginative truths out of interconnected layers of knowledge. The interests of these eight fluid essays, written over ten years, are extensions of his 12 books of poetry: autobiography, literary history, scientific erudition, and popular culture. He interweaves episodes in the lives of family and friends; Hasidic legends; natural history (Piltdown man, exploration of the Lascaux caves); fictionalized biographies of chemist Marie Curie and dancer Loie Fuller and others; and popular culture (Mickey Mouse, a toy show in Topeka, Kansas). Goldbarth's success in synthesizing these themes varies. At times, symbolic linkages remain arbitrary; at other times, he discovers that ``the Earth would whisper . . . its deepest secrets, confidingly into my body.''-- Frank Allen, Regents Coll., Albany, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.