The geography of After Party includes married life and fatherhood, a childhood survived if not fully understood, the transition from youth to an adulthood filled with responsibilities, and the dangers of our current world and culture--on a personal and global scale--that can distract and disrupt life and our idea of home. By turns funny and heartbreaking, flirtatious and frank, Blaustein never lets his aggravation or confusion overwhelm his sense of gratitude for the life he leads and those he loves.
His observational lines have a refreshingly unschooled sensibility, with an emphasis on the masculine experience.'--Santa Fe New Mexican
Blaustein is as canny as Odysseus returned home and stringing his bow. Vagabond and shining like the sea, his poems drag you to deep undercurrents as you are caught singing in their chains.'--Garrett Hongo, author of Coral Road: Poems
Here's one of the many things I love about Noah Blaustein's poetry and his bright and tender and honest new book After Party: everything you thought you were reading is broken, then willed back. It looks the same, but having been touched by the ripples he's launched, it can never be the same again.'--Cornelius Eady, author of The Gathering of My Name
These are poems full of vivid particularities, poems that know 'it's easier to love / this world than it is to disappear.' Noah Blaustein is a believer in hard-earned wisdom--'suffering is measured / by the strength of one's fears'--and a poet of ferocious nostalgia.'--Campbell McGrath, author of XX: Poems for the Twentieth Century
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