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Goodbye Lyric
The Gigans & Lovely Gun
Ruth Ellen Kocher




Sheep Meadow
2014 • 104 pp. 6 1/2 x 9"
Poetry

$18.95 Paperback, 978-1-937679-31-6



“Ruth Ellen Kocher is one of the most versatile poets writing today. As readers of her fifth collection, Goodbye Lyric, will discover, Kocher has the... [continued in Reviews below]”—Adrian Matejka author of The Big Smoke, Mixology, and The Devil’s Garden,

Reviews / Endorsements

“Ruth Ellen Kocher is one of the most versatile poets writing today. As readers of her fifth collection, Goodbye Lyric, will discover, Kocher has the rare ability to re-conceptualize line and form from book to book, while still maintaining her distinct voice and ever-present allegiance to duende. These gorgeous and delicately-balanced lyrics—many of which are written in a form Kocher herself
created, the gigan—show us once again the breadth of Kocher’s imagination, the capaciousness of her always-surprising language.”—Adrian Matejka author of
The Big Smoke, Mixology, and The Devil’s Garden

“I don’t know that I’ve read poems that do longing as beautifully, as bountifully and crushingly as Goodbye Lyric. At nearly every turn we are faced with a speaker who is sorrowfully ravenous for the world, for that which has changed or disappeared. I don’t know exactly how to describe that longing in the context of Kocher’s language, which is lush and precise and like a galaxy swirling in the mouth. It makes something happen in my body unlike almost anything I’ve ever read. It makes me want to touch 
everything.”—Ross Gay


“If we are all sometimes lost, as these haunting poems recognize, the gift is that we are lost in this world, a world Kocher’s compellin—Beckian Fritz Goldberg

“This versatile poet blinks at nothing under the stars.”—Al Young

“Ruth Ellen Kocher is one of the most versatile poets writing today. As readers of her fifth collection, Goodbye Lyric, will discover, Kocher has the rare ability to re-conceptualize line and form from book to book, while still maintaining her distinct voice and ever-present allegiance to duende. These gorgeous and delicately-balanced lyrics—many of which are written in a form Kocher herself
created, the gigan—show us once again the breadth of Kocher’s imagination, the capaciousness of her always-surprising language.”—Adrian Matejka author of
The Big Smoke, Mixology, and The Devil’s Garden

“I don’t know that I’ve read poems that do longing as beautifully, as bountifully and crushingly as Goodbye Lyric. At nearly every turn we are faced with a speaker who is sorrowfully ravenous for the world, for that which has changed or disappeared. I don’t know exactly how to describe that longing in the context
of Kocher’s language, which is lush and precise and like a galaxy swirling in the mouth. It makes something happen in my body unlike almost anything I’ve ever read. It makes me want to touch everything.”—Ross Gay author of
Bringing the Shovel Down, and Against Which

“If we are all sometimes lost, as these haunting poems recognize, the gift is that we are lost in this world, a world Kocher’s compelling and often searingly tender voice speaks from.”—Beckian Fritz Goldberg

“This versatile poet blinks at nothing under the stars.”—Al Young



RUTH ELLEN KOCHER is associate Chair of the English Department and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder.



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