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  • Image of RUMINS | Ray Gonzalez

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“How often do you preserve a pulled eyelash from inside a white envelope?” These and other questions plague, nourish, and propel Ray Gonzalez in his wonderful new book, RUMINS. He interweaves his characteristic Surrealist probings with his iconic incantatory longing. In a relentless search for vision, Gonzalez shreds his language and his psyche since, as he tells us, “The torn page is quicker than prayer.” Still these prose poems are prayers, though primordial, torn from the body of the shaman. Their generative paradox is the steady eye of calmness amidst spiritual restlessness. RUMINS is a stunning offering—of person, passion, and poem.

—George Kalamaras, Poet Laureate of Indiana (2014-2016)

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Ray Gonzalez is the premier mind-shifter—a lizard soul-shaped gearbox of incredible leaps and Toulouse Lautrec burnt night underground atmospheres. He is a monk-painter. An uncanny brush pours out of him. It is dipped in Apocalypse and El Paso sun scorched seed. He is not Ray. He is Man Ray post-9/11. Dalí possesses him at times as he melts time and space on a day-to-day table of perception. Do not say "I don't understand." This is your necessary philosophy to truck to your next life-stop. Only one Ray.

—Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States

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32 pp.
Paper band
Printed and bound in Ghent, Belgium, by Alfabet Drukkerij
Edition of 130
March 2016

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