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Heavy Lead Birdsong Paperback – July 1, 2008

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Ryler Dustin is hands down the most exciting young poet I have encountered in ten years of coast-to-coast travels through the poetry underground. Read this book; you'll find him telling you truths - like all great poets - that he has no right to know. -Jack McCarthy, "Good Night”

For the first time I actually liked a poem. - Dallas Quick, student, Ms. Nichol's Eighth Grade Class

I had my iPod in my pocket, but I just couldn't stop listening to you. You were better than a video game, and that's saying something especially considering I love to play video games so much. You are the greatest poet in the United States of America. -Trent Miller, student, seventh grade

About the Author

Ryler Dustin was on his way to becoming a dental hygienist when something amazing happened: he overheard poetry at his local open mic. Within months his work had gained the attention of both slam and academic audiences - he gained a place on the prestigious Seattle Slam Team, won the Sue C Boynton Award and was invited to headline at the Richard Hugo House. Ryler also won the Bart Baxter Competition while bringing Seattle to the final stage of the Individual World Poetry Slam. He has no plans of pursuing dental hygiene in the future due to his devotion to poetry.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981521371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981521374
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,811,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ryler Dustin grew up in Bellingham, Washington, where he met the friends who introduced him to poetry and continue to inspire him. A finalist of both the Ruth Lilly Prize and the Individual World Poetry Slam, his work bridges the gaps between people to celebrate the common strangeness of being human. It examines the bizarre elegance of our biology, the awkwardness of love, and the awe inspired by our increasingly wide view of the universe.

Ryler recently graduated from the University of Houston's MFA program, where he was awarded the prestigious Verlain Poetry Prize. He teaches poetry to middle school students with the Houston nonprofits Writers in the Schools and Project Row Houses.

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LISTEN TO ME! Ryler Dustin is the BEST we've got. He is by far the most astounding contemporary poet. His writing is both classic and postmodern, smart and heart-wrenching. I would reccomend this book to everyone, even illiterate folk. I would read this book to people without eyes and even feed it to hungry wombats. I would pass on the pie for this book. And I really love pie.
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Heavy Lead Birdsong is a gift to anyone who has ever been brought to pause by the wonder and heartbreak of the world. Dustin's poems stir with the energy of, to borrow his line, "a nervous bird restrained gently". They resound with a forgiveness and compassion, and an awareness of the tension in all things- an intake of breathe, or a photograph of a girl you love. His poems speak to a wisdom beyond his years. What struck me especially in these poems is a reverence for nature that seems to be absent from most of the poetry written these days. Reading Heavy Lead Birdsong is like looking at Earth from a space shuttle. Its hard to imagine reading poems with more honesty and wisdom than the ones inclosed in this book- which makes it only the more exciting that Dustin is only 25. He obviously has a prolific writing career ahead of him, and I could not be more excited to see it unfold. If you have doubts as to to the state of poetry today, check out this book- your faith may very well be restored.
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The first time I read this book I did it straight through with no breaks. That's how captivating this guy is. No bs or fluff. All of his poems come from a need to write. He is a master of honesty, story telling, image morphing and touching your chest. You will get thrown from a High School party to the harsh winters of Siberia with the turn of a page.
Ryler is a cigarette you will never stop smoking.
But when your pack runs out head over to his publishing company Write Bloody (.com). You will find they have the best poets on the scene today. Few suggestions: Anis Mojgani's Over the Anvil We Stretch. Andrea Gibson's The Madness Vase. Derrick Brown'sScandalabra
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Sometimes, I read Ryler Dustin's work, and I forget to breathe. In those moments of digesting his language, I just forget about it. And then I stop, breathe in, and everything feels different. Like butterflies invading my belly or seashells whispering in my noggin.

I don't typically find my socks being knocked off by contemporary poets, but Mr. Dustin has managed to slaughter the threads I keep inside my shoes. His writing is that brilliant. This book is that necessary.

Buy it. Read it. You'll know exactly what I mean.
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