In today's world an apologia for this book would say that it is mature; that is it polished; and for those who wink at that well, let them wander off. But for those whose eyes remain open, whose hearts are not afraid to come closer, let them come and be pierced, let them come and read and turn the pages and be beholden to a poet who seems born to mesmerize, having learned from The Great Mesmerizer the moon itself that we are all one person, no matter who we are or when we lived. --MaryRuefle
Often, the narrators of these poems look over their moonlit landscapes, finding in them opportunities for profound, unpredictable meditations on sex, childhood, history, poetry, and violence. Inhabited by the ghost of Walt Whitman and imbued with the pleasures of nuanced observation, this is a richly imaginative, energetic poetry collection, one I will return to with pleasure. --Kevin Prufer
Mechanical Fireflies is the perfect collision of James Wright's anti-pastorals with Wallace Stevens's meditations on the real... --Kathy Fagan
About the Author
Doug Ramspeck is the author of four poetry collections, most recently MECHANICAL FIREFLIES (Barrow Street Press, 2011). His first book, BLACK TUPELO COUNTY (BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2008), received the John Cardi Prize. He Teaches at The Ohio State University at Lima.