Parkhurst Brothers

Ted Parkhurst, President



 Category:  Poetry

Roger Armbrust formerly served as national news editor of Back Stage in New York City, where he also taught a professional writing course at New York University. His poems have appeared in New York Quarterly, Chelsea, Icarus, and Delaware Poetry Review. He has a book of poetry, How to Survive, from August House Publishing, and a chapbook, Final Grace, published by Birch Brook Press. He now lives in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas where he is editor-in-chief of the new Our National Conversation series published by Parkhurst Brothers, Inc., Publishers.
ISBN: 978-1-935166-00-9
144 pages - Size: 5 1/2.5


The Aesthetic Astronaut
Sonnets by Roger Armbrust
Roger Armbrust

In these 122 sonnets, poet Roger Armbrust escorts readers on an insightful journey throughout Earth and beyond it. We experience the loneliness and inspiration of The Aesthetic Astronaut; passion and sense of the romantic lover, reflective memories of a gentle heart growing older; ironic vision of an observer to history, and subtle — and sometimes not so subtle — humor of a fellow human involved in our day-to-day challenge of living a worthwhile life.

The poet's imagery and attitude — from When Love Was a Fudgesicle to Waterboarding Cats to Placenta to We Say Goodbye to the Dying — may fascinate you, thrill you, sadden you, anger you, push you to laughter or meditation. But you'll find the trip a fascinating literary ride

"Roger Armbrust's contemporary sonnets plunge right to the core of both the matter and the reader. Through sound, vision and a plain-spoken voice, these accessible sonnets create an immediate resonance within, bringing this poetic form to the everyday reader and begging each one to be read over and over again."
Raymond Hammond, Editor, The New York Quarterly

"I have known and admired Roger Armbrust's poems for many years. But when Roger met the sonnet... he quickly turned the window-like form into a window on a world--his. And what a rich, varied world it is. In the sonnet "Spring 2007 Evocations" he writes about his daughter's art. With a few substitutions in pronouns it might read: "... I marvel how he's trusted/his heart, his growing skills of artistic eye/and graceful hand, transforming emotions/and intelligence into sonnets." This is not to suggest all of the poems are delicate--they often display muscular rhythms and playful rimes--but he knows when they need to be just that."
H. A. Maxson, Poet, author of On the Sonnets of Robert Frost: A Critical Examination of the 37 Poems