Albert Goldbarth’s “Everyday People”

I have just completed my review of this wonderful book and will send it to the Antioch Review in the next few days. I won’t repeat much here of what I say in the review, but I was very taken with this collection. It is astounding that Goldbarth has never won a Pulitzer Prize or a National Book Award. I wonder if he breaks too many “rules” to be considered for those prizes:  he’s a little verbose, his poems are essay-like, he doesn’t believe in either “Less is more” or the rule about showing not telling. I do think he’s a bad example for students to try to imitate, because only Goldbarth can get away with the kind of things he does. On the back cover of this book he is described as a “national treasure.” For once this level of praise is not an exaggeration.

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