Poetry. Michael Gottlieb's DEAR ALL strikes a note of change to both Gottlieb's style and his intentions to change society by holding up a mirror to it. The resulting social vanitas in DEAR ALL's short lines make us think that the world might be different than we think it is. And the poetry certainly is different than we expect. The sonorous, lexical intricacy, social indignation and attention to imaginative, formal detail DEAR ALL presents to us undresses our intention in the public square."In DEAR ALL Michael Gottlieb introduces a shorter line and a pared-down style, as paratactic as ever but with a new clipped clarity. Of course, Gottlieb is writer enough to abolish the neatness of this progression, as he does in the final long poem of this book, a wild mash-up of medical spam that reframes the book in terms of its formal inconsistency: Great stuff."—Steve Zultansky
Michael Gottlieb is the author of twenty-two books including most recently, SELECTED POEMS, MOSTLY CLEARING, WHAT WE DO: ESSAYS FOR POETS, DEAR ALL, as well as MEMOIR AND ESSAY, the authoritative recounting of the early days of the Language school. He was one of the editors of Roof, the foundational 1970s and 80s poetry magazine. He was also the publisher of Case/Casement Books (1981-1999) and started the Last Tuesday multi-media performance series at La MaMa in NYC in the 1980s. A number of his poems have been adapted for the stage, including And We Will Never Speak of This Again, Mostly Clearing, and The Dust, his poem about 9/11 which was produced on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.