Benjamin Goluboff and Mark Luebbers: Citizens of Ordinary Time

Benjamin Goluboff and Mark Luebbers: Citizens of Ordinary Time
Poetry Reading and Book Signing

Friday, Novmber 3, 2023 at 5:30pm

Books available for sale in the shop or order here.

Citizens of Ordinary Time, a collection of biographical and ekphrastic poems written by Mark and Ben in collaboration was published by UFP. It became available in June of this year.

Engaging and eclectic, Citizens of Ordinary Time is a work of speculative biographical poetry: partly historical, partly imaginative, it’s a collection that renders an array of lives dedicated, in almost every instance, to art. Luebbers and Goluboff bring together a collage that ironically redefines and properly expands the word “ordinary”.
- Ken Holland, Winner of the 2022 New Ohio Review Poetry Contest

The historical figures given voice and visibility in this wholly original book have in common what once was politely described as eccentricity, and through their variety, the voices bound to their time speak to our own fractured present. This book, in rich tribute to its artistic roots, is collaborative, unpredictable, sad, wry, and refreshing. It is also beautiful.
- Maurice Manning , author of The Common Man, Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions, Railsplitter, and other books

Incandescent poetry portraits of nine remarkable creative personalities. Superbly crafted, and, at times, astounding.
- Michael Favala Goldman, author of Slow Phoenix, Small Sovereign, This May Sound Familiar, and other books of poetry and translation

Citizens of Ordinary Time is no Tilbury Town nor Spoon River, but instead…a virtual village of striking portraits. Exploring much of the world and much of the arts, these figures display a formidable range of inventiveness, beauty, courage both artistic and physical, passions, genius, and sheer energy.
- Reginald Gibbons, Author of Last Lake, Creatures of a Day, the novel Sweetbitter, and other books of poetry and translation.


Mark Luebbers is a teacher and writer living in Princeton, Massachusetts. Flat Light, his first collection, was published in 2020 by Urban Farmhouse Press. Mark has published poems in a number of journals and magazines, including The American Journal of Poetry, The Journal of Americana, Wayfarer Magazine, Apple Valley Review, Blue Line, Alternating Current, and The Hopper. In 2018, Mark was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes.




Benjamin Goluboff is the author of Ho Chi MInh: A Speculative Life in Verse and Biking Englewood: An Essay on the White Gaze, both from Urban Farmhouse Press. Goluboff teaches at Lake Forest College. Ben’s poems have appeared in many publications, including recent issues of Red Noise Collective, The Rush, The Elevation Review, Misfit Magazine, and Red Ogre Review. Ben has received Pushcart Prize nominations for his work.









Event date: 
Friday, November 3, 2023 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
372 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602