Aerial by Bin Ramke

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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 consciousness—leaving readers with the awareness that knowledge is adventure.


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Bin Ramke is the editor of the Denver Quarterly and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Denver. He is the author of 10 poetry collections, including Airs, Waters, Places; Theory of Mind; Tendril; and Wake. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Published April 1, 2012 by Omnidawn Publishing. 136 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In one of his finest books in a career spanning five decades, Ramke—who is a highly regarded experimental poet, an unflinching recorder of the intimacies between people, and an expert at deploying esoteric knowledge as metaphor—chooses the sky as the guiding figure for his 11th collection of ...

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