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Wake

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Throughout Bin Ramke's book of poems, certain elements recur insistently: birds and boyhood, betrayal, and longings that careen between flesh and faith. The poet does not pretend to offer wisdom but instead offers words.
Paperback, 130 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by University Of Iowa Press
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Will
Apr 07, 2008 Will rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
After reading a selection of Bin Ramke's Wake, it occurs to me that the most intriguing poems here propose the interchangeability of speaker and audience. Ramke also has a unique method for talking about it. Enter experimental forms galore. I tend to think of these moments as the development of a new language attuned to the nonexistence of absolutes or extremes.

Or put it this way: Ramke disperses narrative fragments between impressive banks of quotations to show that the delineation between A &a
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Connor
Jan 02, 2016 Connor rated it really liked it
Reminds me of lots of Modernist poetry, but more explicit with references.

Favorite passage was:

"Any park will do, any part
touching
that shiver of possibility
as if music matters. "
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