Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker

Paul Chowder is suffering from writer’s block as he tries to compose an introduction to his poetry anthology, Only Rhyme.  On the verge of a nervous breakdown, he turns to other endeavors (badminton, housecleaning, floor installation, beading), while he ruminates on what he knows about poetry. This book is a combination of novel and essay on rhyme and meter and the lives of modern poets. Don’t let this description discourage you. After you’ve read this book, you too will love poetry and want to move into Paul’s neighborhood and meet Roz and Victor and Nan and Smacko the dog.  Celebrate National Poetry Month and pick up The Anthologist @the library!