Ugly Duckling Presse

Object Permanence
Object Permanence

David B. Goldstein

Poetry | $12 $9
Spring 2015
Buy"...baffling, funny, surreal and, quite often, disorientingly moving. "
The poems of Object Permanence communicate the secret intensity of a world peopled by objects. The author and the figures—burning dolls, prophesying heads, terrified porcelain roosters, pontificating door-knockers—are crammed into a house overlooking Sintra, Portugal. An exposé of the domestic chambers of human experience, these poems find terror and familiarity reside together.Excerpt ˇ



Sometimes a single word
can grant me the will to live.
Do you know how old I am?
Do you find my legs beautiful?
Come, touch the clustered pale grapes
of my hair.

On the day my midnight blood
breaks the skin
the whole world will become blue.Close ˆ

About the Author

David B. Goldstein
Photo credit: Mindy Stricke
David B. Goldstein has written a poetry collection, Laws of Rest (BookThug 2013), and a volume of essays, Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare’s England (Cambridge University Press 2013). His poetry and translations regularly appear in chapbooks, journals and anthologies throughout North America. He lives in Toronto, Canada where he is an Associate Professor of English at York University.

Advance Praise

Praise for previous work

To make a David Goldstein poem: put a small library together. Include some rabbinic commentary, some literary theory, some Shakespeare and some transcriptions of cellphone conversations. Add a dash of longing and a dollop of irreverent wit. Stir vigorously. Never remove from heat.
—Adam Sol