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Ritual and Bit

2016

Author Robert Ostrom

Soft Cover, 5.4 x 0.3 x 7.3 inches, 88 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9962206-4-4

Winner of the 2015 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, selected by Mary Ruefle!

The landscape of Ritual and Bit is littered with the speaker’s past: empty 40s, old posters, family lies, and fragmented missives.

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The landscape of Ritual and Bit is littered with the speaker’s past: empty 40s, old posters, family lies, and fragmented missives. Internal struggles play out in the detritus of long-ago. Yet even as the speaker attempts to cautiously map his movements, effect a survival, and navigate beyond his past, he faces emotional fissures wrought by the present. Throughout the book, he restlessly searches for ways to regain control of his life, partly through ceremonies, prayers, and devotions, and partly through lyrical force. The danger is palpable among wolves and claws, boxcutter and jackknife. There's both caution here and a willingness to abandon caution if anything or anyone could be reached. The poems ask, what makes a home? What should we expect when we are so determined to live in a world where everything is disappearing?

Reviews

Trust me, says what you are about to read to your beautiful ear.” And I do, I trust these quiet poems of deep loss as they spiral their way in and hold my attention, as they meander the strange stream of their own making, and arrive at that wonderful old unnameable place, poetry’s heart.

- Mary Ruefle, judge