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Patrick Rosal is the author of four full-length poetry collections. His most recent, Boneshepherds, was named a small press highlight by the National Book Critics Circle and a notable book by the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at Rutgers–Camden and lives in Philadelphia.
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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Persea (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892553863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892553860
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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In Boneshepherds, Rosal's narrative and musical gifts are on full display. And he is not afraid to show his heart, which this reader really appreciates (often tiring of the distancing, ironic, super-cool stance found in much contemporary poetry).

Just listen to these lines from "Ars Poetica: After a Dog" (sorry for lost formatting here): Some of us will not get fed / but let's listen, spooning in the dark, for / laughter, / for it we're lucky, sometimes both / the darkness and the laughter are our own. // This is America. If we've no choice / but sing / in multitude no better than / the soul of a wrongly punished dog, may / God, for once, not grant us many more things / as foolish as that, given the way we / ruin our guts on rusted steel and bloom."

And these lines from "A Tradition of Pianos": "I wanted to write a poem about you, and all I could think of / was your name, all the stories asleep inside it, / the way a piano holds so many notes, / and each note itself, a choir, silent, until the choir's touched, / and my god, how whole crowds move when they move."

There are poems about family, friends, love, torture, culture/identity, other poets ("Sundiata Elegy" is especially beautiful), and more. A beautiful, well-rounded book that I read straight through and turned over to begin again the moment I finished.
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this is the best book of poetry I have read in years. I love this work. Delenda Undone is such a powerful teaching tool.
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