No Hurry by Michael Blumenthal



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No Hurry is a book of poems for the aging in body but youthful in spirit, for those interested in continuing to ask most meaningful questions as they head “downhill”: What does it mean to be alive? What shall we make of this journey from birth to death? How can we find meaning and joy amid our mortality and suffering?

“The finest collection of poetry I’ve read in a very long time.”
—Ron Hansen

“What a terrific book this is! . . . [Blumenthal] thinks out loud for all of us, affirms and denies with wit, charm, and best of all, with what feels like hard-won accuracy.”
—Stephen Dunn

“Michael Blumenthal’s poetry never sits heavy on the reader yet is substantial, civilized, and capable of articulating the human condition, including its pains and losses, without melodrama, high sentence, or self-pity. No Hurry is a gorgeous book: the world of flesh, mind, and heart spoken through air and silk.”
—George Szirtes

“Blumenthal goes straight to the heart in these poems. Gorgeously wrought, surprising, true, wise, elegiac, they leave me with a sense of having listened to Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus. Who could ask for more?”
—Lynn Freed

Publication date: October 2012

About the Author

Michael BlumenthalMichael Blumenthal is the author of seven previously published books of poetry, the novel Weinstock Among the Dying, and the memoir All My Mothers and Fathers, among other books. Formerly Director of Creative Writing at Harvard, he is currently Visiting Professor of Law at the West Virginia University College of Law and lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, and Hegymagas, Hungary.

Find out more about Michael Blumenthal on his author page.