Intensely compassionate and consoling, this collection of poetry revolves around the concept of death, offering an appreciation for nature and humanity. Playful alliterations take shape in the cloud-laden aspects of the first section and the dry realms of severe spirituality in the second. The implied narrative behind each verse has to do with family, but especially with loss of family members and how the connections they once formed live on for good or ill. Drawing from previous careers in mathematics and literary editing, Ramke’s resulting style is one that moves readily among scientific, religious, and literary discourse and discoveries. Sharply examining the connection between what is manufactured and what is fact, the result is a tumbling sort of movement through the shadowy areas of consciousnessleaving readers with the awareness that knowledge is adventure.
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In one of his finest books in a career spanning five decades, Ramkeâwho is a highly regarded experimental poet, an unflinching recorder of the intimacies between people, and an expert at deploying esoteric knowledge as metaphorâchooses the sky as the guiding figure for his 11th collection of ...Apr 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Aerial