- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: LSU Press; First Edition edition (August 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807126152
- ISBN-13: 978-0807126158
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
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The Impossible Toystore: Poems Paperback – August 1, 2000
The poems in this collection often suggest that the poet is an old man, and, concerned as most of them are with memories and time, they are as potentially poignant as a song like "Sunrise, Sunset" or "It Was a Very Good Year." But their freshness of vision, acuity of language, and easy rhythms have nothing autumnal about them. Instead, they have the past-as-present impact of a good anecdote and the vividness of realistic, sociological short stories, such as John O'Hara's. "Ivar" indelibly conjures the poet's well-bred, ultimately useless grandfather. "What Happened in the Woods" sharply re-creates an eerie coincidence experienced by some boys biking home after a movie. "The Floating World" brings back living in Japan 30 years ago as if it were a film unreeling. Shorter poems--reflections roused by artworks and personal mementos--have less narrative in them but no less vitality and presence. Perlberg adeptly uses his own circumstances, experiences, and reactions to express a love of the world that is, perhaps, universally appealing. Ray Olson
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About the Author
Mark Perlberg is the author of two previous books of poems, The Burning Field and The Feel of the Sun. A founder and longtime president of The Poetry Center of Chicago, he lives in Chicago with his wife.
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