The poet’s imagery and attitude—may fascinate, thrill, sadden, anger, or push you to laughter or meditation. But you’ll find the trip a fine literary ride.
In these 122 sonnets, poet Roger Armbrust escorts readers on an insightful journey throughout Earth and beyond. We experience the loneliness and inspiration of “The Aesthetic Astronaut,” coldblooded calculations of “The Armchair Assassin,” passion and sense of the romantic lover, reflective memories of a gentle heart growing older, ironic vision of an observer to history, and subtle—and sometimes not so subtle—humor of a fellow human involved in our day-to-day challenge of living a worthwhile life. The poet’s imagery and attitude—from “When Love Was a Fudgesicle” to “Waterboarding Cats” to “Placenta” to “We Say Goodbye to the Dying”—may fascinate, thrill, sadden, anger, or push you to laughter or meditation. But you’ll find the trip a fascinating literary ride.
“Armbrust’s sonnets ... plunge right to the core of the matter and the reader.”
Raymond Hammond, editor, The New York Quarterly
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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