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The Museum of Natural History
Julie Gamberg's award-winning book is a collection with edges: a strange recurring character named Max, a sky that "looms heavy as steel-toed boots," tectonic plates that "feel by water, glide by feel," all illuminated by a frank erotic blaze. Although it is her first, the book as the texture and thematic subtlety of mature work—a repository of assertions that rise like searing iconic objects against the backdrop of an imaginative natural history.
Julie Gamberg grew up in New York and Los Angeles and holds a BA from Antioch College and a MFA from Mills College. She has lived for the past ten years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she teaches English composition at local community colleges and works with special education students in the Oakland schools.
Like a fine museum made of bricks and mortar, The Museum of Natural History is a book filled with objects, relics, all manner of things revelatory, beautiful, correlative, and very much worth our time and attention. And like a good curator, Julie Gamberg offers us a collection of objects and observations that illuminate the human condition itself, in all its complexity and ruin and hope. As the river says in one of the poems, "everything we need is here." Just as it is in this book.
—Robert Wrigley, author of Lives of the Animals
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