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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: GrandViaduct (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982408706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982408704
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,801,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read a number of Ray Hinman's poems pre-publication and was captivated by them. He sees the world with a true poet's eyes. He made me see places I've never been, right down to the small details. While the poems are masterfully written, their edgy realism keeps them from coming across as either formal or fanciful.

Ray's voice deserves to be heard. It is my hope that he will continue to write and share his perspective with the world.
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Hinman's poetry conveys a power of insight, an excellent craftsmanship and an unabashed innate sense of the majestic nature of words that has been totally lost in modern poetry. Hinman is clearly well schooled the classical tradition, the French symbolist, Keats, Yates, Elliot, Stevens. He writes like those men did. Yet he knows how to translate this acuity into contemporary conversational sense.

His poetry is tactile. It is grounded in textual. In "The Ex Missionary Learns Mexico" one feels as though one is in the desert. We can feel the leaves of the plants, the heat and grit of the sand. In "Hobos from Tacoma" one can feel the dirt in between the nails.

His vision of the connection bewteen words and the senses and some transcendent overarching truth they reflect is almost reminiscent of the platonic theory of knowledge. Yet his outlook is modern and his sensual oriented poetic style is minimalist. One can also detect a hint of Gary Snyder lurking in his affinity for folk religions of Mexico and the eastern insights that permeate all of his poetry and the universal nature of "sacred name."

Hinman is a powerful and insightful poet. His poetic talent is great and we should look for forward to much more brilliance form Ray Hinman.
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I like to read things that transport me to other times and places, and Our Cities Vanish is no exception. Each poem took me someplace and made me think about its subjects. With a wealth of historical, literary, geographic, and religious references, you will find your mind wandering down the same paths that Ray Hinman must have walked to be inspired to lay such words down on paper. I doubt you will read this book just once, rather I can imagine an old, dogeared, copy that has been returned to again and again.

I own both the paperback and Kindle versions of this book.
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