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Romey's Order (Phoenix Poets)

Romey's Order (Phoenix Poets)
Author: Atsuro Riley
ISBN 13: 9780226719443
ISBN 10: 226719448
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 2010-04-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 64
List Price: $14.00

Romey's Order is an indelible sequence of poems voiced by an invented (and inventive) boy-speaker called Romey, set alongside a river in the South Carolina lowcountry.


As the word-furious eye and voice of these poems, Romey urgently records--and tries to order--the objects, inscape, injuries, and idiom of his "blood-home" and childhood world. Sounding out the nerves and nodes of language to transform "every burn-mark and blemish," to “bind our river-wrack and leavings," Romey seeks to forge finally (if even for a moment) a chord in which he might live. Intently visceral, aural, oral, Atsuro Riley's poems bristle with musical and imaginative pleasures, with story-telling and picture-making of a new and wholly unexpected kind. 

The New York Times - Dana Jennings

Even read silently, Mr. Riley's delicious words roll and roil in the mouth.