Budget Travel Through Space and Time (Magill's Literary Annual 2006)
Albert Goldbarth looks at life as a complex maze, something not easily reduced. As a poet, he has thrived on the contradictions of life. Goldbarth is fascinated by the common human quest to establish connections with some people and to break connections with others. He is amused by the need to find a structure to life. In his poetry, Goldbarth throws together myriad images, facts, anecdotes, and historical perspectives. It is an understatement that Goldbarth is a challenging poet. He has a knack of gathering together obscure details in order to fill out his universe. The uninitiated reader may scratch his or her head and puzzle over where the poetic journey may lead.
Goldbarth is the author of more than twenty volumes of poetry and several collections of essays. Two of his previous volumes have won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. His poetic approach has been called postmodernist. Some of his poems can be best described as puzzles, as labyrinths for the curious and diligent reader. Every subject is fair game for Goldbarth, worth adding to the mix.
Educated at the University of Illinois and the University of Iowa, Goldbarth published his first full-length poetry collection, Coprolites, in 1973. Since then, he has amazed the literary community with his output. He has stated that he strives for “a kind of shared...
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