Massacre of the Innocents
by Bin Ramke
University of Iowa Press, 1995
Paper: 978-0-87745-492-2 | eISBN: 978-1-58729-199-9
Library of Congress Classification PS3568.A446M37 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.54

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Massacre of the Innocents is the work of a secular poet who admires the basic texts—the angry qualities of fairytales equally along with the humorous virtues of sacred scriptures. Speaking with the voice of mature accomplishments, Ramke's poems do not struggle for their words but release them from a near-inexhaustible source.

As Ramke has said, “Poems are like children and have minds and manners of their own, luckily beyond the control of parents and poets.” These poems talk back—and they talk to each other. By stripping away the distractions of received meaning from the words he uses, Ramke makes necessary connections between reader and poem that can freshen meaning—make it new—as is often claimed for poetry but seldom achieved so well as in his work.


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