• Ho Chi Minh: A Speculative Life in Verse and Other Poems

by Ben Goluboff

First Published: October  2017 
98 pages 
ISBN: 978-1-988214-17-7


Goluboff explores an era and a life in his verse portrait of a man and his place in the world. In these poetic glimmers of a shared world and life lived we play witness to the actual events and feelings lived. Here it is stripped down past the propaganda of war and politics to understand that the beauty that lies in shared in shaped experience and placing those glimmers of a life-lived in lyric form. History stirs and breathes into vivacity with these poems from the life of man who dared take on the 20th century empire to the world that mid-century empire felt in the existence of others.   


Praise for Ho Chi Minh: A Speculative Life in Verse


Benjamin Goluboff writes the strongest kind of narrative poems.  They are the kind that make history immediate, alive and real. Equally fascinating as his portrait of Ho is a brief life of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg gleaned from photographs of the poet and his friends.  A concluding section takes you from the tagged streets of Chicago, through the battle of Fredericksburg, to an imagined photograph of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his circle. All are written with a deft hand and consummate skill.

            

     Alan Catlin, editor of Misfitmagazine, author of Drunk and Disorderly, and Alien Nation


Benjamin Goluboff is a remarkable poet, his voice and his world are his own. The juxtaposition of Ho Chi Minh, Allen Ginsberg, and the big-shouldered city of Chicago is both jarring and fitting. Savvy and surprising, there is a rare quality of imagined reality in this collection and in all its people and places.


     Donald Anderson, editor of War, Literature, and the Arts, author of Fire Road and Gathering Noise from My Life: a Camouflaged Memoir


About the Author:


Benjamin Goluboff teaches English at Lake Forest College. He has written about a variety of topics in American literature, including the literature of the Vietnam war, and placed imaginative writing - poetry, fiction, and essays - in many small-press journals over the years.

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