Ragged Point Road: Poems
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Published 2006 by Main Street Rag
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Joe
May 16, 2011 Joe added it
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Met Joe at a reading we did in Des Moines. This brought me back to the kind of poetry that let me into poetry--Phil Levine, man-y, work stuff. What turned me away from these kinds of poems was that post-Levine lyric narrative about work mostly became "grandpa on a hill" poems, where the writer is looking for significance in family lore, romanticizing the physical labor of previous generations, etc. Or simply gazing at the contemporary laborer and saying how hard and bright and clear everything i...more
Mark
Feb 11, 2012 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Choice Chapbook Series.

Joe gave a reading at Briar Cliff University on Wednesday, 8 February, where I picked up this and his newest book of poems, Killing the Murnion Dogs.

I enjoyed the reading but still I enjoyed these poems much more than I expected. They are poems of place, of family, of loss. They are, in fact, elegies to life; by this, I mean 'elegy' in the non-formal or technical sense. In response to a question, Joe stated that "Our lives are lessons in loss." W...more
Donna
In honor of National Poetry Month, I'm reading poetry every day. I get a nice selection in daily emails from Knopf, and my son kindly gave me Ragged Point Road, a moving chapbook by a young Montana poet named Joe Wilkins. There's no getting around it: the theme is death, and this poet writes about death very well. So I can't say reading this chapbook was an uplifting experience. However, if Joe Wilkins has half the versatility in terms of theme that he does in terms of style, I'm looking forward...more
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Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers; two full-length collections of poems, Notes from the Journey Westward, winner of the 17th Annual White Pine Press Poetry Prize, and Killing the Murnion Dogs; and a poetry chapbook, Ragged Point Road. His poems, essays, and stories have appeared in the Georgia Review, the Southern Review, Harvard Review, Ecotone, the Sun, Orion, a...more
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The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up on The Big Dry Killing the Murnion Dogs Notes from the Journey Westward Best New Poets: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers Willow Springs 66

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