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By Richard Newman

the entire Wasted fantastic thing about the area, a finalist for the 2012 capable Muse publication Award, extols the gorgeous as easily because it expounds at the blemished. The reasoned commingles with the rambunctious, as in terms of the speaker who pronounces that “our lives span diaper to diaper,/ and in among we piss on someone/ we can.” Little escapes realize in those poems of gutsy realism and formal deftness, which freely spotlight the fringes of society-the speaker in “Bellefontaine Cemetery” exhorts kids to “party on people’s graves” and feature “a few shut shaves with county sheriffs,” the carcass of a Ford truck intrudes on a mountain climbing trail’s gully, the homeless are lullabied to “find leisure in the back of our dumpster/ . . . rating a 5th of bourbon/ and locate your abdominal full.” Richard Newman brings us a suite that prods and soars with the grit and wonder of the genuine world.

PRAISE FOR the entire WASTED great thing about THE WORLD:

Richard Newman’s all of the Wasted great thing about the area is masterful and magnetic, from the “galaxy of gnats” soaring within the St. Louis twilight to the best way a backwoods junkyard “gnaws on a pile of outdated Ford bones.” He sees a gaggle of bored highschool children with “nothing to lose/ yet silly summer season jobs and innocence,” and captures with ideal acuity how “September rain in streetlight/ silvers the cypress needles, scatters new dimes/ one of the nuisance alley mulberry trees.” Newman’s poems, with their formal, lapidary precision, their indelible images of lifestyles within the reasonable bars, again alleys, and rough-hewn edges of the Midwest, shock a starvation in us for a language better, wilder, and unabashedly loftier than day-by-day speech.
-George Bilgere, writer of Imperial

The poems in Richard Newman's awesome 3rd assortment, the entire Wasted fantastic thing about the area, are heady explorers. They roam from misplaced guy cross to Benton Park, from downtown St. Louis to Southern Indiana, the entire whereas balancing attractive musicality with lyric originality. in the course of the wandering, there's longing in those poems-for position, for order, for morning. there's urgency, too, and wonder, wasted and in a different way, in areas we do not constantly anticipate it. Newman is a daring and masterful formalist in a free-verse international, and he makes use of sonnets, aubades, villanelles, and odes to reconcile the geographies of the inner and external. many times, this assortment makes us recalibrate our precise north and forces us to re-examine the realm for all the unpredictable locations the place we will locate beauty.
-Adrian Matejka, writer of the large Smoke

Newman makes use of the facility of recollection and imagery to craft odes, sonnets, villanelles, ballads, and unfastened verse with titles like “Four youngsters Pissing off the Overpass after a Cardinals Game.” each one poem calls our recognition to a rough-and-tumble, daily the US we regularly force previous yet omit. all of the Wasted great thing about the realm returns us to the true and, as a result, the hot by way of placing at the brakes and asking us to seem, if basically in short, past our rear-views.
-Dorianne Laux, writer of The e-book of Men


Richard Newman is the writer of the poetry collections household Fugues (Steel Toe Books, 2009) and Borrowed cities (Word Press, 2005), in addition to numerous poetry chapbooks. His poems have seemed in top American Poetry, street, Crab Orchard assessment, degree, New Letters, Poems & performs, Poetry day-by-day, The solar, Unsplendid, Verse day-by-day, and lots of different periodicals and anthologies. His poem "Bellefontaine Cemetery" gained first position within the 2010 Ledge Poetry Awards. He lives in St. Louis, the place he experiences books for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and edits River Styx.

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