Dating Tips for Conservatives

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Ray Sharp writes poetry and short fiction from his home near Lake Superior. His poems and fiction have been published in more than 30 print and on-line journals including Astropoetica, The Blue Hour, Contemporary American Voices, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Poetry Breakfast, qarrtsiluni, the zen space, Versewrights and Vox Poetica.

Dating Tips for Conservatives

A New Poetry Primer for a Desperate Age

Authored by Ray Sharp

In his latest volume of poetry. Dating Tips for Conservatives: A New Poetry Primer for a Desperate Age, poet Ray Sharp explores the art and craft of poetry making in the spirit of Horace's Ars Poetica and Mary Oliver's A Poetry Handbook. In 35 finely polished poems of art, love and redemption, Sharp displays the eloquence, precision and wit readers will recognize from his previous book, Memories of When We Were Birds (Red Dashboard Press, 2013). As with "Memories," Sharp's eye for detail and keen observations of nature create a particular sense of place from which to discover universal truths. Grounded in the landscape of Michigan's Upper Peninsula region and the birds that inhabit it, Sharp references writers Seamus Heaney, Miguel de Unamuno, Miguel de Cervantes, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginzberg, and artists Vincent Van Gogh and Albert Eisenstaedt, and takes the reader to the Ganges River, Saigon, Kyoto, Guatemala, California, and Richmond, Virginia as well. Sharp's unique vision shines through in this slim but rewarding collection, as in the last section of the book's longest poem, "The Properties of Light": A beam of light/ passing through light/ casts no shadow,// is the invisible thing/ that makes visible/ all other things.// Love, too, is invisible,/ but always casts a shadow,/ even on darkest nights.// Especially.

Publication Date:
1542444497 / 9781542444491
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Poetry / Subjects & Themes / Nature

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