Selfish Poems

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  • Copyright: 5/5/2015
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press

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"If Goldbarth belongs to a school, he is surely its sole member. He's simply . . . one of our most generous working poets." —Rumpus

And you

perhaps don't like this poem: its free verse
or its narrative or the way it uses
gender or the heavy-handed
word-play of its title.

Like I care.

I wrote this for me.
—from "‘Try the Selfish'"

In his latest collection, the incomparable Albert Goldbarth explores all things "self-ish": the origins of identity, the search for ancestry, the neurology of self-awareness, and the line between "self" and "other." Whether one line long or ten pages, whether uproariously comic or steeped in gravitas, these are poems that address our human essence.

Author Biography

Albert Goldbarth is the author of more than twenty-five books of poetry, including Everyday People and The Kitchen Sink. He has twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He lives in Wichita, Kansas.

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