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Your Moon
Ralph Angel

Green Rose Series

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2014 • 64 pp. 6 x 9 3/4"

$15.00 Paperback, 978-1-936970-23-0

“Angel’s fifth collection (after Exceptions and Melancholies) opens with a description of a person who could be any one of us: “Someone has been sleeping. Someone’s/ heading nowhere.” The assured... [continued in Reviews below]”—Alex Crowley, Publishers Weekly

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“Angel’s fifth collection (after Exceptions and Melancholies) opens with a description of a person who could be any one of us: “Someone has been sleeping. Someone’s/ heading nowhere.” The assured uneasiness—or is it uneasy assurance?—that characterizes these lines pursues the speaker through a series of meditations on death, love, and the work of time, in which the speaker “puts a naked eye/ to things, and makes them/ beautiful.” These poems, as stark as they are spare, track with shrewdness and humor the thoughts of a mind that has come to recognize it shares its world with loss. The result is a poetics that is both disembodied and preoccupied with the body’s inevitable irrelevance. “So relax,” says a voice that’s as confident in itself as it is in itself disappearing, “take your feet/ off—nobody’s/ missing. There are many parts/ of the mind.” Here, thinking is figured through a syntax that fractures our sense of time as linear, and makes the physical world appear more like the mind: “Or there you are// and how you came/ to hate me. Or how ideas/ come to me.” Like ideas, Angel’s poems take root in the mind with ease, and blossom into a complexity that continues past the page, long after the body of the book has been shut.”—Alex Crowley, Publishers Weekly

“Reading the haunted, masterful poems of Ralph Angel is like being gently dropped into the ever-fluctuating substance of the day. The temperature is around 70 degrees. One could be in a languorous painting, riding this brushstroke and then the next, or just as easily, in a room somewhere, in LA, Seattle, Amsterdam, the Mediterranean . . . on a train, in a plaza. Eventually the treacherous crevices and schisms arrive, where, everyday, we break down. All the guilt, pain, beauty, love and loathing of being alive is populated by figures who speak, speak back, and then through an omniscient, doubtful and pained visionary. This isYour Moon. It truly is. 'Of human unfinished. / The spirit in time.'”—Gillian Conoley


Winner of the Green Rose Prize (2013)

RALPH ANGEL is the author of five books of poetry: Your Moon; Exceptions and Melancholies: Poems 1986-2006 (2007 PEN USA Poetry Award); Twice Removed; Neither World (James Laughlin Award of The Academy of American Poets); and Anxious Latitudes; as well as a translation of the Federico García Lorca collection, Poema del cante jondo / Poem of the Deep Song.

His poems have appeared in scores of magazines and anthologies, both here and abroad, and recent literary awards include a gift from the Elgin Cox Trust, a Pushcart Prize, a Gertrude Stein Award, the Willis Barnstone Poetry Translation Prize, a Fulbright Foundation fellowship and the Bess Hokin Award of the Modern Poetry Association.

Mr. Angel is Edith R. White Distinguished Professor at the University of Redlands, and a member of the MFA in Writing faculty at Vermont College of
Fine Arts. Originally from Seattle, he lives in Los Angeles.

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