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In an honest unraveling of personal perspective, this collection of poems isn't preoccupied with a singular aim or objective. The tempo set forth by Buckley's style suggests poignantly that we may want to listen, rather than impose, thus inviting us to glean more clearly those things which defy explanation.

Magnesium strolls tenderly along emotional disaster, lending a care
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Paperback, 98 pages
Published December 20th 2016 by Belides Publishing Group
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Nat K
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read it. Then I read it again.

I cannot pretend to know poetry well, but these words spoke to me. This is one that I'll definitely dive into over and over.

It was honest & raw, and the emotions leapt off the page. Sigh.

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I've decided to revise my review, and have upped this to five stars. I've dived back into snippets of this book too many times over the weekend not to.
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Kevin. McKernan
Jan 26, 2018 marked it as to-read
Very interesting book A lot of thought went into its writing.
Rebecca
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
I finished reading this book of poems on a cold, rainy day in January. Reading poetry while curled up in front of the fire seems like a calm and cozy way to spend an afternoon, but Magnesium is not a calm and cozy book. I imagine Ray Buckley scrawling these poems out on crumpled paper napkins at three in the morning after drinking too many cups of coffee and swallowing too many pills.

Some of my favorite lines:

"I work very hard to be considered significant. / I have intentions of having a very el
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Julienne
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I will echo another reviewer by saying this: "an honest American love story presented in stunning fragments". Really lovely work of humanity, hope and willingness to be with confusion and longing. ...more
Amanda
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
This collection deals with themes of commercialism, self-doubt, the failure of a love affair, deity and the meaninglessness of modernity. These themes don't interest me all that much, but there were still quite a few poems I really enjoyed. Buckley tends to use complex words, which I found to be disorienting, but not over the top. ...more
Silvia Ardor
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very captivating read. Ray's poetry and prose is tragically beautiful and thought-provoking. I loved the layout of the book, especially the pieces of dialogue in between. Ray is an incredible writer, extremely talented, and I look forward to reading his next book!! ...more
Simon Sweetman
Oct 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
There is a lot of bad poetry in the world - I should know, I'm actively contributing to that tally - but having read this I have a good feeling that most of it is trapped between the covers of this 'book'. ...more
Silvia Geboiu
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book! Ray is an incredibly talented writer. I want to read more!
David
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a distinctive poetic voice with some good lines and rhythm. Interesting approach and effect. Worth checking out.
Emily
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars. A full review is on my channel here:
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Dane Cobain
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

Contemporary poetry is hit and miss – I either love it or hate it, and I particularly hate it when it’s unoriginal. Luckily, Magnesium feels both original and contemporary, with some excellent wordplay and plenty of little lines that linger and make you start to think more than you thought about things before. I didn’t love all of it, but I loved a lot of it – and I’d definitely read more.
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Ray Buckley is an American author, actor, and cinematographer from Portland, OR.

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