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Michael C. Blumenthal
Michael Blumenthal was born March 8, 1949 in Vineland, New Jersey. He attended State University of New York at Binghamton where he studied philosophy. After graduating from college, he taught German at a school for emotionally disturbed adolescents. He received his law degree from Cornell in 1974 and joined the Federal Trade Commission as a lawyer (1974-75). He left the FTC to become an arts administrator with the National Endowment for the Arts (1975-1976) and then editor at Time-Life Books (1977-80). He returned to the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1980 as assistant to the chairman, a position he held until 1981. Blumenthal was a lecturer in poetry at Harvard University and director of Creative Writing at Harvard. From 1992-1996, he was Senior Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature in Budapest, as well as an editor at the Central European University Press. From 1996 to 1997, he taught at the University of Haifa in Israel. His poetry has received various awards and fellowships. Blumenthal's work is anthologized in Helen Vendler (ed.), The Harvard Book of Contemporary American Poetry 392-94 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1985).
What is the Value of Art?
[Bleibtreustrasse] [For I Have Lived Like a Dusty Angel] [And I Have Known the Tedium of Playgrounds] [Light at Age Thirty-two] [What I Believe] [Two Arts] [Two Poems: First Snow Cambridge Mass. & The Mouth] [A Marriage] [The Hearts of Men]
Reading at West Virginia University
"What I Believe"
Here You Are"
the Cantilevered Inference Shall Hold the Day"
a Time of Economic Downturn, I Gaze Up at The Sky"
"For My Son, Reading Harry Potter"
"Six Cheerful Couplets on Death"
"I Think Constantly of Those Who Were Truly Great"
"Days We Would Rather Know"
Michael Blumenthal, No Hurry: Poems 2000--2012 (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: Etruscan Press, 2012)
_______________, And (Rochester, New York: BOA Editions, 2009)
_______________, Dusty Angel: Poems (Rochester, New York: BOA Editions, 1999)
_______________, The Wages of Goodness: Poems (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1992)
_______________, Against Romance: Poems (New York: Viking, 1987)(New York: Penguin, 1988) (New York: Pleasure Boat Studio, 2005)
_______________, Days We Would Rather Know: Poems (New York: Viking, 1984)(East Rutherford, New Jersey: Penguin, 1984) (New York: Pleasure Boat Studios, 2005)
_______________, Laps: A Poem (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1984)
_______________, Sympathetic Magic (Huntington, New York: Water Mark Press, 1980)
Michael Blumenthal, All My Mothers and Fathers: A Memoir (New York: HarperCollins, 2002)
Michael Blumenthal, Just Three Minutes, Please: Thinking Out Loud on Public Radio (Morgantown, West Virginia: Vandalia Press, 2014)
_______________, The Greatest Jewish-American Lover in Hungarian History (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: Etruscan Press, 2014) [stories]
_______________, When History Enters the House:
Essays from Central Europe (Bainbridge Island, Washington: Pleasure
Boat Studio, 1997)
_______________ (ed.), To Woo and To Wed: Contemporary Poets on Love and Marriage (New York: Poseido Press, 1992)
[Small Press Distribution: Poetry, Fiction and Cultural Writing, Fall, 2008, p.52]
James, Montserrat Review
Stoehr review of Blumenthal's And
Poems Appearing in Poetry Magazine
"The Flirtation," Vol. 136, May 1980, pg. 74
[Source: Historical Index, Poetry]