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Binding: Kindle Edition
Format: Kindle eBook
Label: Gypsy Daughter
Manufacturer: Gypsy Daughter
Number Of Pages: 65
Publication Date: 2012-03-31
Publisher: Gypsy Daughter
Release Date: 2012-03-31
Studio: Gypsy Daughter
The indignities and causes for despair of which Ron Riekki writes in She Took God are terrifyingly common. The sorts of heartbreaks and hardships that happen every day. To millions. And have happened before. And will go on happening. And yet, these stark, tender, true poems left me exhausted and despondent, broken for a while, for the suffering of one specific human being. And that’s exactly what art must do if it is to help save us from our isolation and anonymity. I am so very grateful for this book, for the way it makes me hurt clean through to read Riekki’s words, My soul is an amazing thing but it doesn’t bound like a fox anymore.
I’m not sure who the “she” is in She Took God, but someone in these pages played a damn good hand at God’s poker table. Riekki has captured and wielded moments that stop the poet in his tracks—Polaroid meditations on loss and longing, race and class, unemployment and the nature of being a writer. These poems are parched desert vistas through which we watch scenes that might slip by as blips in someone else’s day. But for Riekki, who writes of walking around town, “the sun burning my skin, and some birds, / I really like that feeling, even when I’m starving,” there’s a compulsion to record events, a simultaneous dislocation from and connection with the world, a “constant movement toward / the past tense,” a tension that builds and dismantles into “coliseums of infractions.”
--Alexis Orgera, author of How Like Foreign Objects
If Charles Simic was a Finnish Yooper, he would be Ron Riekki. There is a tender and unsettling concreteness to these poems that immobilizes you. Your feet will get stuck treading through these lines, and you will fall for them. You will fall for experience all over again like you fell for Mary Lucas or Billy Coogin in the 10th grade when your voice started to tremble before it broke. After reading this collection, I realized I never grew up, and that was absolutely wonderful. This is what academy poets do… forget everything you were ever taught and star anew with Beginner’s Mind.
-- Chad Faries, author of Drive Me Out of My Mind