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Romey's Order
by Atsuro Riley
University of Chicago Press, 2010
Paper: 978-0-226-71944-3 | eISBN: 978-0-226-71945-0 | Cloth: 978-0-226-71942-9
Library of Congress Classification PS3618.I5326R66 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.6

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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. 


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