Romey's Order - Phoenix Poets (Hardback)Atsuro Riley (author)
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From "Chord": come the marrow-hours when he couldn't sleep, the boy river-brinked and chorded. Mud-bedded himself here in the root-mesh; bided. Sieved our alluvial sounds - "Romey's Order" is an indelible sequence of poems voiced by an invented (and inventive) boy-speaker called Romey, set alongside a river in the South Carolina lowcountry. As the word-furious eye and voice of these poems, Romey urgently records - and tries to order - the objects, inscape, injuries, and idiom of his 'blood-home' and childhood world. Sounding out the nerves and nodes of language to transform 'every burn-mark and blemish', to 'bind our river-wrack and leavings', Romey seeks to forge finally (if even for a moment) a chord in which he might live. Intently visceral, aural, oral, Atsuro Riley's poems bristle with musical and imaginative pleasures, with storytelling and picture-making of a new and wholly unexpected kind.
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 64
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 24 x 15 x 1 mm
"The Phoenix Poets list contains a number of poets currently on my list of favorites. This is a strong, vital series that has given voice to some of the best voices in American poetry today." - Billy Collins "The best literature forces you out of your old eyes, and that's what happens here. Atsuro Riley's Romey's Order is deep craft - brilliant and consuming and thoroughly strange. When you put this book down, American poetry will be different than when you picked it up." - Kay Ryan, United States Poet Laureate"
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