Witty, humorous and wise reflections on loving
“Whether Armbrust’s subject is surgery or angels, his language and vision—while expressed in an earthly lexicon—are focused on the life of the spirit. Armbrust’s love poems are not ethereal, however, but rooted in real experience, Armbrust’s one hundred-plus sonnets incite passion and introspection, so that the collection makes an inspired lover’s gift.
--Raymond Hammond, Editor, The New York Quarterly
“Rhapsodic and radiant, visceral and incandescent, Roger Armbrust revels in the sonnet; he crafts his fourteen lines until they achieve rhythmic fluidity. The sublime musicality of his ear is everywhere on display, and his use of assonances such as “horns of Asian water ox—notched” strikes the listening reader as not only surprising but inevitable. Like Shakespeare’s dark lady, Armbrust addresses a mysterious “love.” Whether in the poet’s bed, Manhattan’s Union Square, Aix-En Provence, or at Earth’s core-mantle of 4,000 degrees Celsius, each view is a marvel of intimacy.... Armbrust dares to echo not only Shakespeare in his masterful iambic pentameter but Catullus in the grittiness that explodes lustily from his pen. This is gorgeous, explosive poetry.
--Stephanie Dickinson, writer
“This stylish galaxy of love sonnets could only be crafted by a poet who has won and lost at love many times and co-habited with love’s ghosts for long periods, enabling him to acquire first-hand knowledge of “the feeling of stars dancing,” as he puts it in one of these 14-liners. To this poet, sexual love equals spiritual love, and spiritual love is nothing less than boundless, arising out of the most unlikely earth-bound circumstances and stretching into the “swirling liquid sums of the universe.” As Armbrust writes: “It doesn’t take much for each/gesture to create a universe…” Armbrust’s is book worth reading many times.
--Tom Tolnay, Birch Brook Press
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Roger Armbrust was national news editor of Back Stage and taught a professional writing course at New York University. His poems have appeared in New York Quarterly, Chelsea, Icarus, and Delaware Poetry Review. His books of poetry and short fiction include How to Survive (August House) and The Aesthetic Astronaut (Parkhurst Brothers). His latest novel, Pressing Freedom, a 2017 release, is a political thriller. He now lives in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, where he edits World Law and other e-zines