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LIGHT WIND LIGHT LIGHT
Bin Ramke

Publication date: April 3, 2018



Omnidawn
2018 • 88 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry of Place

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-63243-053-3



Poems that ask how perception turns into memory, and what is lost when this happens

LIGHT WIND LIGHT LIGHT engages a childhood among rivers, takes steps into the river-like world at large, and then turns to (hopes for) metamorphosis. Transitions are marked with primitive signs, such as the visual dimensions of number—a concern that keeps arising as the poems ask how abstractions differ from matter. Light and transparency figure in every poem in this book, while the book as a whole deals with memory as fluid, transitory, illuminating. An illusion.

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“In Ramke’s book the ‘lyric’ is music—its desire is not to fix a position but to echo, to resound. Rather than argument, invitation and engagement are the rhetoric in play.”—Kazim Ali, author of Sky Ward



BIN RAMKE grew up in Texas and Louisiana and spent his youth in the bayous and marshes among Cajun and German-immigrant relatives. Author of over 10 books of poetry, his first book won the Yale Younger Poets Prize. He teaches at the University of Denver where he holds the Phipps Chair in English and is an Evans Professor, and where he edited the Denver Quarterly for 17 years. He teaches on occasion at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He edited over 80 books of poems.



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