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What unfolds is a wholly entertaining and beguiling love story about poetry: from Tennyson, Swinburne, and Yeats to the moderns (Roethke, Bogan, Merwin) to the staff of the New Yorker, what Paul reveals is astonishing and makes one realize how incredible important poetry is to our lives. At the same time, Paul barely manages to realize all of this himself, and the result is a tenderly romantic, hilarious, and inspired novel.
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By Douglas on 07-20-16
Because I Read Traveling Sprinkler First...
this felt like a prequel, but it is still wonderful stuff. I pity the people who gave this negative reviews: to be so tragically far from the ordinary and everyday and the minuscule that they cannot see the aching beauty in every atom of thought and breath and table cloth.
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By Orson on 09-29-10
Ramblings of a narcissist
Alas, while there are some nuggets of good ideas, they are buried in the omphaloskepsis of a writer who finds every thought that occurs to him equally fascinating, a belief in which he is sadly mistaken. The nuggets are thus rare and, in my view, not worth the effort of waiting for them to roll around. If you ran into this guy at a party, you'd quickly find an excuse to go talk to the cat.
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