- 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: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,602,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Ray's voice deserves to be heard. It is my hope that he will continue to write and share his perspective with the world.