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A Room in California
Southern California is one of two significant places in Laurence Goldstein's fourth collection of poems. A native of Los Angeles, the author re-encounters the vivid ghosts of an exotic personal landscape: Criswell the TV prophet, Madame Nhu at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Mickey Cohen in a downtown deli, Bob Hope in a photo shoot with the poet's family. From the Pacific boardwalk to Death Valley, these poems enliven their borderlands with pungent language and dramatic incident. Goldstein then takes the reader to Ethiopia, the setting of a long dramatic monologue narrated by a young American woman seeking the reincarnation of the medieval Christian potentate Prester John, for help in the apocalyptic wars of the twenty-first century. His most ambitious book to date, the subjects in this collection range from the aging pear tree and the domestic living room, to Nordic witches and Nazi demons. Some poems are in fixed forms including the villanelle "Rock Star," the sonnet translation from Verlaine, "Langueur," and the rhymed quatrains of a narrative poem adapted from a short story by Arthur Miller. Other poems employ organic style to explore the poet's situation, or predicament, in the culture he has outlived and the culture he has inherited.
All recent publications by Laurence Goldstein
All publications by Laurence Goldstein
Writing Ann Arbor: A Literary Anthology (editor, University of Michigan Press, 2005); A Room in California (2005); Robert Hayden: Essays on the Poetry (Coeditor with Robert Chrisman, 2001); The Movies: Texts, Receptions, Exposures (coeditor with Ira Konigsberg, University of Michigan Press, 1996); Cold Reading (Copper Beech Press, 1995); The Male Body (editor, University of Michigan Press, 1994); The American Poet at the Movies: A Critical History (University of Michigan Press, 1994); The Female Body (editor, University of Michigan Press, 1991); Seasonal Performances: A Michigan Quarterly Review Reader (editor, University of Michigan Press, 1991); Writers and their Craft (co-editor with Nicholas Delbanco; Wayne State University Press, 1991); The Three Gardens (Copper Beech Press, 1987); The Flying Machine and Modern Literature (Indiana University Press, 1986); The Automobile and American Culture (co-editor with D.L. Lewis; University of Michigan Press, 1983); Altamira (Abattoir Editions, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1978); Ruins and Empire: The Evolution of a Theme in Augustan and Romantic Literature (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1977). Many poems, short stories, essay, and book reviews.