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Bin Ramke

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

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

“Engaging a childhood among rivers, Ramke takes steps into the riverlike world at large, and then turns to (or hopes for) metamorphosis. Ramke’s latest deals with memory as fluid, transitory, and illuminating.”—Alex Crowley, Publishers Weekly

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.

Reviews / Endorsements

“In this book, Ramke marshals theorems and axioms and philosophic thought to get at questions of inheritance and identity, not as intellectual ballast but as a means to shape his materials into significant forms. He transitions his musings into near treatises on the exchange of matter and energy: “when I hear a policeman speak / from above and understand / the sound of rotors; the traffic / noise has its own grammar / syntactical energy dispensing / the wisdom of wind.”—Major Jackson, Academy of American Poets

“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.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:57:41 -0500