To Be Read in 500 Years by Albert Goldbarth


A poetic review by Rodger Lowenthal*.

Metaphor massaged to the cellular level

prolixity of examination snubs face value

abstruse references birth arcane intimacy

archaic language:  coracle rubricate flimmer

endure flimflam polymath enchantment

Goldbarth and Hall in all modesty (according to the former

have never done “justice” to death)

who could on a one and goodbye opportunity.

Give cats the 3rd degree on their 9.  The universe

has a plausible explanation “from zero to forever.”

Whitman and Williams reviewed in various lights

and if death then first birth  Nothing without consequence.

The Five Books of Moses and their role in the many

angled search to understand humanity.  Life so

difficult nourished by “bruise and disappointment.”

Playing the middle “error” defines the shape of truth

right between the eyes sums up Goldbarth

en garde we trust.  Wait 500 years to enjoy

this expansive synthesizing imagination don’t be

silly.  Tomorrow is not soon enough.

This collection is available from Graywolf  Press at:

* Rodger Lowenthal is a poet from Eastern Montgomery County Pennsylvania who is known to frequent 3 Sisters Corner Café in Fox Chase. His poetic reviews of books have appeared on line in various literary blogs. He is known to pick up pieces of cigars and Hollywood whenever he can.


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