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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Red Hen Press; 1st Edition edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597094862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597094863
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,283,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I’m really taken with Beneath Stars Long Extinct. I’ve never read poems quite like these: poems at once sardonic and sad and celebratory as they detail a late 20th Century-early 21st Century unmarried male searching for and finding, yes, true love. But along with this passionate search come Ron Egatz’s beautifully rendered stories of others: a hitch-hiking father who meets George Raft, women who die young, lonely near-failure rockers. Egatz’s vibrant and extremely tactile poems conduct us into the urban world of choices and relationships in such an expert way that his fascinations become ours. How he illumines our age is not unlike how F. Scott Fitzgerald illuminated and defined his. Egatz’s long overdue first collection, then, is a unique portrait of our urbanized times. I should add that each poem is able to stand alone even while each provides another facet to the book’s central searching motifs. Consequently, there are an unusual number of “keeper” poems here, poems you want or even need to read immediately to friends, particularly those in their 30s and 40s (email them, twitter them, text them, but even better gift them with a copy of this book), necessary poems in this most compelling and necessary collection."


--Dick Allen
author of Present Vanishing: Poems, Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected, among others.


"The poems of Ron Egatz are crisp, risky and slightly peculiar. As well-built as a brick crapper, they are a pleasure to read. Like the U.S. Postal Service, they deliver in all weather."

--Stephen Dobyns

"Ron Egatz is a poet I've admired for a long time--for his fervid, restless imagination, and the deeply original employment of that imagination and the heart behind it. He has bided his time and written a splendid book beneath stars still burning!"

--Thomas Lux

About the Author

Ron Egatz has studied writing, fiction and poetry at Berkeley College, Purchase College, Sarah Lawrence College, Oklahoma State University, and public libraries around the United States.


To fund his literature habit, he has worked as a bartender, creative director, forklift operator, guitarist, security guard, college English teacher, cab driver, actor, typesetter, summons server, director of commercials and IT consultant. As a freelance designer, producer and project manager, his clients include TIME, Sports Illustrated, Victoria’s Secret, Reader’s Digest, Bloomingdale’s, Chase, CitiGroup, Gartner, The New York Times, Harrod’s and MAC Group, among others.


He teaches poetry occasionally at Sarah Lawrence College’s Continuing Education Program. Egatz also holds private poetry and fiction workshops, and conducts one-on-one poetry and fiction conferences with individuals both in person and via video chats on the Internet.


Egatz is winner of the Glimmer Train Poetry Award and the Greenburgh Poetry Award. A poet widely published in literary reviews and anthologies, Egatz also runs Camber Press Inc. He lives in a loft on the Hudson River with his wife, Jenn while missing Paris.

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This collection is addictive. These poems are refreshingly accessible and beautifully articulate tough emotions. They deal with new love, old love, death, goodbyes and other tragedies. They are filled with deceptively simple observations, one of my favorite lines being: "You'd fast a week-sell an organ, even-/ to mirror your lips to those surrounding/ the voice whose name you love to say." Lines like this inhabit this amazing collection, they are the kind of poems you demand your husbands/wives/roommates read immediately.

Nuts and bolts stuff: The collection is divided into five sections-- Beneath Stars Long Extinct, The Longest Party, Goodbyes, Nine Months and Love and Otherwise. Within these groups all of the poems share a thematic thread, for example, poems in the title section deal with both historical and personal tragedies (The poem, "Into First" in which a young man learns to drive is juxtaposed with a poem entitled, "First Motor Vehicle Fatality in America".) Nothing in this collection is an accident, everything here is deliberate. By the end, the reader is forced to reexamine their own kisses, funerals attended and the times when the anxiety of being alone made you squirmish. I can't recommend this collection highly enough.
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I can't say this about every poet I read ... only the really good ones. By the time you're done with Beneath Stars Long Extinct -- and if you remember the first time you heard Little Richard -- Ron Egatz will have become your friend.

Ron's America is the America I grew up in and love. And despise: the thick, clear, Olde Tyme soda bottles; the 3-speed stick shifts; the overfed Hungarian relatives from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; the suicidal uncles; the perfect girl friend who turns her back on love; the deer left to die on the side of the road.

But mostly, it's about "the coming together and the leaving." The joy of life's illusions. The stars that dazzle, even though -- long extinct."

Read Ron Egatz. Make a friend.
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By Fifi on August 15, 2010
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In Egatz's collection, he approaches his work and the "fragility" of his subjects with a talented poet's greatest attribute: courageous honesty. After reading these poems, Egatz becomes your most understanding friend who you trust to be there whenever you need him. His language and images are concise and clear, (he just wants you to understand) a lucidity Egatz also seeks for his boutique literary press, Camber Press. This is an urgent, necessary and contemporary story of what it means to be human today, remembering what is past (even if we sometimes want to forget), searching for love and all of life's little pleasures, and watching your family, friends, and everyone else do the same.
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By Bees Knees on June 10, 2010
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I normally don't bring poetry books with me on the train, but Ron Egatz is in a different class. His themes and topics remind me of Chuck Palahniuk(author of Fight Club: A Novel & Choke)and he has a no-nonsense style that makes the entire collection stand out. It probably won't be going on the shelf for a while. I believe that a few of the pieces are based on real events and I find myself re-reading them often. Highly recommended.
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