"Bin Ramke leads us . . . to a surprising and dark enlightenment. Tendril is an extraordinary book." John Ashbery
Tendrilby Bin Ramke
In his ninth poetry collection, Mr. Ramke exposes the myriad tendrils that bind together to become experience. Both intensely intimate and profoundly objective, his lyrically elegant, vibrantly elastic sentences allow a reader to follow the personal, cultural, literary, philosophic, artistic threads that intertwine to create our conscious understandings. Mr. Ramke… See more details below
In his ninth poetry collection, Mr. Ramke exposes the myriad tendrils that bind together to become experience. Both intensely intimate and profoundly objective, his lyrically elegant, vibrantly elastic sentences allow a reader to follow the personal, cultural, literary, philosophic, artistic threads that intertwine to create our conscious understandings. Mr. Ramke examines not only the impact of family, culture, class, gender, historical moment, landscape, but also the ways that the language we use becomes for us the skein of our reality. From inch worm moths to Gregg shorthand, from trash-fishing on the bayou to the horrors of world war, from the healing powers of teatime and the impact of great art and literature to the profound devastation of the floods upon our southern landscape and the people who struggle to live on there, Bin Ramke shows us how the tendrils of meaning running through them all are made of words, which weave together to form the fabric of our lives.
In his ninth collection of poems, Ramke-a Yale Younger Poetry Prize winner, Denver Quarterly editor and questing poetic experimenter-engages with contemporary American politics, philosophical and literary traditions, and an oblique version of autobiography. "Can you tell the casualty from the cause?" he wonders, in "Yeats Was Asked (To Write a Poem About the War)," one of several looks at America's current embattled state. Elsewhere, in these 26 rambling, often several page, free verse meditations, Ramke describes a historical insane asylum in which, "When a patient could properly behave at tea, he was released"; recalls the dying days of a famous mathematician; thinks about child- and fatherhood; and engages in his trademark intertextual and etymological wonderings: "the word fearis related to fareand it fits." In this mature work, Ramke remains a difficult, sometimes obscure poet, related at times to Ashbery and Jorie Graham, but also a stylist very much of his own invention. And amid dizzying references, brilliant points of emotional clarity and depth shine through: "we are afraid of everything, just not all the time." (Sept.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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BIN RAMKE has written eight previous poetry collections, including Airs, Waters, Places; Matter; and Wake. He holds the Phipps Chair in English at the University of Denver, and he also teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was awarded the Pushcart Prize four times, in 1985, 1986, 1997 and 1998. He was awarded the Iowa Poetry Prize two times, in 1994 and 1998. And, he was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Award in 1978. Mr. Ramke grew up in east Texas and south Louisiana. He has been a teacher for more than thirty years. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
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