"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."
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."
"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!"
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.
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 &... Read morePublished on June 10, 2010 by Bees Knees
With an authority that only comes from well-cultivated talent, Ron Egatz examines the experience of being human without letting his emotions blind him. Read morePublished on June 9, 2010 by LH