By Atsuro Riley
Romey's Order is an indelible series of poems voiced by way of an invented (and artistic) boy referred to as Romey, set along a river within the South Carolina lowcountry.
because the word-furious eye and voice of those poems, Romey urgently records--and attempts to order--the items, inscape, accidents, and idiom of his "blood-home" and youth global. Sounding out the nerves and nodes of language to remodel "every burn-mark and blemish," to "bind our river-wrack and leavings," Romey seeks to forge ultimately (if even for a second) a chord within which he may perhaps dwell. carefully visceral, aural, oral, Atsuro Riley's poems bristle with musical and inventive pleasures, with story-telling and picture-making of a brand new and fully unforeseen kind.
Atsuro Riley's indelible first-book masterpiece--opens with "Once upon a time," and thereafter a complete global emerges. . . Romey's Order provides an international teeming with secret, common ask yourself, formative years discovery, and--everywhere below the surface--the mystery, nearly magical energy of language. in the course of the e-book, Riley's evocative talents are flat-out astonishing.
The hand made poems of Romey's Order undergo the mark of a completely constructed, hugely idiosyncratic sensibility--a sensibility that lends a from-out-of-nowhere caliber to this assortment, and that leads to poems which are a natural satisfaction to learn. Riley's debut is a blast of unpolluted air for poetry, leaving one with the just about unsettling query: what could ensue if his subsequent assortment outdid this one?
--The Believer journal, could 2011 (The Believer Poetry Award citation)
"One of the main interesting and designated debut collections in years . . the relation of language to the particular event of notion is one hundred pc pitch-perfect here."
"A gorgeous first e-book of poems. . . . Even learn silently, Mr. Riley's scrumptious phrases roll and roil within the mouth."
"Originality is simpler stated than performed. so much artistic endeavors, like so much purchaser items, are types or outright imitations. In modern poetry, even the so-called experimental frequently turns out by-product and weighted with conventions. but if a brand new ebook of poems is as assorted from precedents as Atsuro Riley's Romey's Order, readers should still take detailed notice."
"Atsuro Riley's Romey's Order is a primary e-book with infrequent, robust distinction--experimental in its types and syntax, but primary as an old-time mess around for its Appalachian twang, panorama, and imagery."
"Atsuro Riley's unusual, appealing and unsettling debut is like not anything else you'll learn this year."
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