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Friends and Strangers, Do you have Ralph Angel's
new New and Selected,
Exceptions and Melancholies? One of my most favorite poets gets better, sure-footed, invisible on the slopes of the visible.
Here are new notations in the life of difficult wonder.
Brief portraits given with fierce intelligence.
Here is a mind at wander, in emotional wonder.
Here a voice demolishing distances.
Angel's is a quiet envy of everything seen and felt.
A kind of listening that seems to be answering his sight.
Sentences sculpted with Rilkean care and colloquial whim.
Here a few photographs of a mystery, making it bearable.
A small attention to a few human things at once.
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This is a an imaginary diary of facts, confessions, or messages. This is a notebook of working but broken ideas, lines, images, notes on books I'm reading, writers I admire, and brief fantasies of language. Here unfiltered all mannerings pseudo-private, publicized, ur-. Here I am art and unrevealed: poetic, political and pop. These are my moonlit rough beginnings and should not be taken literally, directly, truthfully, reliably, and none of it is legally binding. These lies are all choreographed, but only haphazardly. Beware.
My work has been awarded the Katherine C. Turner Prize from the Academy of American Poets, a Swarthout Award, and has twice been nominated and shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize. My first book, A Book Called Rats, was selected for the Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry (Eastern Washington University Press 2007). I'm curating editor for the online journal of poetry: PISTOLA and my poems and reviews most recently appear in Massachusetts Review, Beloit, Ploughshares and RAIN TAXI. I currently teach writing and literature at Santa Monica College in southern California.
FRIENDS AND STRANGERS
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