Ridiculous Light

Ridiculous Light

by Valencia Robin


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Winner of the 2018 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry

A seasoned first collection of poems—personal and wry—that showcases an impressive poetic talent.

In Ridiculous Light, Valencia Robin captures the everyday and the ecstatic in a voice all her own. Through poems that live at the intersection of history and experience, she captures the joys and tumult of being alive. She is a storyteller of the first order, a documenter not just of memories but of how we remember.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892554966
Publisher: Persea Books
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 691,712
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Valencia Robin is a poet and visual artist. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The St. Petersburg Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Kweli, The Cortland Review, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and the 2014 winner of the Hocking Hills Festival of Poetry Competition. She holds an MFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia where she currently teaches as a third-year post-MFA fellow.

Table of Contents


Cathedral 5

Dutch Elm Disease 6

Kitchen Clock 7

Milwaukee, 1968 8

Intermezzo 9

Geese 10

Semester Abroad 11

The Coup 12

Late Night Science 13

Aubade 14

Progress and Reason 15

Naming Yourself 16

Insomnia 18


Fall 21

Oil Pastels 22

Flick 23

Crash 25

Roughing It 26

Old Song 29

Reset 30

Jump 31

Walking Around Kerrytown With K. H. 32

Late Spring 33

Cliché This 34

If My Father Could Talk 35


There Are Signs Everywhere 39

Settling 40

To Milwaukee 41

Game Day 43

There 44

The Hero Chiwara 45

TV Fathers 46

Dear Saturday 47

This poem is not about Facebook 48

Aubade with Sugar Maple 49

In the Future 50

Story of My Life 52

Notes 53

Acknowledgments 55

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