Today's poem is "Praise"
from Days We Would Rather Know

Pleasure Boat Studio

Michael Blumenthal is the author, most recently, of the memoir All My Mothers and Fathers (Harper Collins, 2002), and of Dusty Angel (BOA Editions, 1999), his sixth book of poems. His novel Weinstock Among the Dying, which won Hadassah Magazine's Harold U. Ribelow Prize for the best work of Jewish fiction, was published in l994, and his collection of essays from Central Europe, When History Enters the House, in 1998. Formerly Director of Creative Writing at Harvard, he has lived in, and taught at universities in, Hungary, Israel, Germany and France, mostly as a Fulbright Fellow. In 2004-2005, he held the Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, and in 2006-2007 will be Darden Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Old Dominion University. He spends his summers in a small village near the shores of Lake Balaton in Hungary, and presently is on leave from his position at The Université François Rabelais in France and living in Budapest.

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