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The Sinks


by Ryan Walsh (2010) 
24 pages 
Cost: $8.00

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About the book:

2010 Winner in the Mississippi Valley Chapbook Contest


"A prayer for transformation for recognition that even humans, those creatures of 'marbled meat/ and water,' are part of the land: we are crops, 'lithe, bright grasses."

-Jennifer Perrine

"In language rich and sinewy, with a terse energy and an evocative music, Ryan Walsh establishes his mastery as a poet of place. Like Richard Hugo, James Wright, Philip Levine, or Seamus Heaney before him, he embraces a love of the elemental, of earth and weather and landscape, of rural people and working-class life. Always accessible, bristling with sensual clarity, his poems nevertheless retain a sense of mystery and enigma that teases the reader into thought. As a line from Walsh's wonderfully celebratory poem "In the Frame of Innings, Pendleton County, W. Va." suggests, "What else to do but tip my hat / and marvel?" 

-Ronald Wallace

"For Ryan Walsh, a pursuit of the Divine isn't possible without investigating the hard truths of landscape and the limitations of the body. Line by line, the music in The Sinks is arresting. The beauty here is boiled down to an essential and distinctly American voice. These poems hover in space between the pastoral and elegy. As if in a wind stripped field, the reader is invited to stand shoulder to shoulder with these speakers, searching for a vocabulary to ground the  grandeur of a Midwestern horizon." 

-Amaud Jamaul Johnson  


            "Driven with a love of baseball and youth, finding one's identity in the landscape, the roads, the months,

             and the mystery of how it is all kept together, the mystery of where we are from that defines us, and

             trying to see where one belongs."


            -Sheri Grutz


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