ROMEY'S ORDER

by Atsuro Riley

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  • —A NEW POEM: "Striplings" in POETRY, December 2012

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about

—LINK to Author Info, reviews, events—
www.pw.org/content/atsuro_riley


—A NEW POEM: "Rhythm" in Free Verse, Winter 2013 english.chass.ncsu.edu/freeverse/Archives/Winter_2013/poems/A_Riley.html

—NEW POEMS: "In Which" & "Call" in The Kenyon Review, Winter 2013
www.kenyonreview.org/journal/winter-2013/contributors/

—A NEW POEM: "Root" in The New Republic, March 2012
www.tnr.com/article/books-and-arts/100564/root

—LINK to a Podcast of "Striplings" in POETRY, December 2012
www.poetryfoundation.org/features/audioitem/3654

—LINK to a Podcast —Romey's Order discussed on "Poetry Off the Shelf"—
www.poetryfoundation.org/features/audioitem/3082

—LINK to the WHITING WRITERS' AWARD—
www.whitingfoundation.org/programs/whiting_writers_awards/this_years_winners/

LINK to — "Rhetoric, Music, America" —review in POETRY magazine (Peter Campion)
www.poetryfoundation.org/journal/article.html?id=239288

—LINK to THE BELIEVER Poetry Award—
www.believermag.com/issues/201105/?read=believer_poetry_award

—LINK to THE BELIEVER MAGAZINE REVIEW, by Dominic Luxford:
www.believermag.com/issues/201010/?read=review_riley

—LINK to "The Open Door: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of POETRY Magazine" (Fall, 2012)—
press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/O/bo13919067.html

—LINK to KATE TUFTS DISCOVERY AWARD—
www.cgu.edu/pages/4546.asp?item=4778

—LINK to LANNAN LITERARY FELLOWSHIP—
www.lannan.org/literary/awards-and-fellowships/

—LINK to WITTER BYNNER/LIBRARY OF CONGRESS award—
www.loc.gov/today/pr/2010/10-015.html

—LINK to Poetry Daily essayette on Meredith's "The Lark Ascending"
integral-options.blogspot.com/2008/04/atsuro-riley-on-george-meredith.html

REVIEW in the journal FREE VERSE, by Jon Thompson:
english.chass.ncsu.edu/freeverse/Archives/Winter_2010/reviews/RomeysOrder_AtsuroRiley.htm

NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW, by Dana Jennings:
www.nytimes.com/2010/10/19/books/19poetry.html

DALLAS MORNING NEWS REVIEW, by Alex Lemon: www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/headlines/20101226-book-reviews-romey_s-order_by-atsuro-riley-and-ideal-cities_by-erika-meitner.ece

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE REVIEW, by Jim Schley:
www.post-gazette.com/pg/10227/1079633-148.stm

Poems and intro :: POETRY INTERNATIONAL WEB
www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poet/item/15779/9421/Atsuro-Riley

Commentary: : POETRY INTERNATIONAL WEB
www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/collection/article_item/int_article/16323/Editorial-1-March-2010

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released 01 April 2010
Buy the Book from the Publisher:
press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/R/bo8400655.html

Buy the Book on Amazon:
www.amazon.com/Romeys-Order-Phoenix-Poets-Atsuro/dp/0226719448/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

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"Atsuro Riley has an uncanny and unparalleled ability to blend lyric and narrative modes.  Close to the ear his poems sing with innovative – even experimental – vernacular.  His wildly original book, Romey’s Order, is set in the poet’s childhood 'blood-home,' the South Carolina lowcountry.  The style and language of the poems is fresh and inventive, thrillingly attentive to the intonations of speech, to the texture of sound and syllable as spoken and thought by the child narrator and his American father (a veteran) and his Japanese mother. There is darkness waiting in the wings of these poems, banished or held off, but felt nonetheless – the poverty, racism, the troubled father, but it’s all held at bay and instead we celebrate a child’s joy in life.  Words, for Mr. Riley, are as solid and real as any sight, sound, or smell called up from childhood, possessing a music and mystery even while being firmly rooted in a recognizable yet strange landscape 'where old pitch-pines and loblollies grow wild' "

--Whiting Writers' Award, selection committee citation
(www.whitingfoundation.org/programs/whiting_writers_awards/this_years_winners/)


"Atsuro Riley's astonishing and original debut collection, Romey's Order, thrives off its music. The poems are about the attempt to make sense of the world, to account for all the strange and disparate details that enthrall consciousness, and to hold them in some kind of right relation. . . There's a lot to marvel at here. . . The tension between the world of fact into which each of us is born and the desire to forge our own new worlds results here in beguiling music, a music that brings these poems alive, with all their sinew and subtlety."

--Peter Campion, Poetry
( www.poetryfoundation.org/journal/article.html?id=239288 )

"Atsuro Riley's indelible first-book masterpiece--opens with "Once upon a time," and thereafter an entire world emerges. . . Romey's Order presents a world teeming with mystery, natural wonder, childhood discovery, and--everywhere under the surface--the secret, almost magical power of language. Throughout the book, Riley's evocative abilities are flat-out astonishing.

The handcrafted poems of Romey's Order bear the mark of a fully developed, highly idiosyncratic sensibility--a sensibility that lends a from-out-of-nowhere quality to this collection, and that results in poems that are a pure delight to read. Riley's debut is a blast of fresh air for poetry, leaving one with the almost unsettling question: what would happen if his next collection outdid this one?

--The Believer magazine, May 2011 (The Believer Poetry Award citation)
(www.believermag.com/issues/201105/?read=believer_poetry_award)


"Atsuro Riley's Romey's Order is a dazzling first book. . . among the year's best. . .The lexical fireworks power the narrative with physicality. The pleasures of Romey's Order are wondrous and manifold."

--Dallas Morning News
( www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/headlines/20101226-book-reviews-romey_s-order_by-atsuro-riley-and-ideal-cities_by-erika-meitner.ece )


"One of the most exciting and distinctive debut collections in years . . the relation of language to the actual experience of perception is 100 percent pitch-perfect here."

--The Believer
(www.believermag.com/issues/201010/?read=review_riley)


"A stunning first book of poems. . . . Even read silently, Mr. Riley's delicious words roll and roil in the mouth."

--New York Times
( www.nytimes.com/2010/10/19/books/19poetry.html )


"Originality is easier said than done. Most works of art, like most consumer goods, are versions or outright imitations. In contemporary poetry, even the so-called experimental often seems derivative and weighted with conventions. But when a new book of poems is as different from precedents as Atsuro Riley's Romey's Order, readers should take special notice."

--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
( www.post-gazette.com/pg/10227/1079633-148.stm )


"Atsuro Riley's Romey's Order is a first book with rare, powerful distinction--experimental in its forms and syntax, yet familiar as an old-time fiddle for its Appalachian twang, landscape, and imagery."

--Kenyon Review


"Atsuro Riley's strange, beautiful and unsettling debut is like nothing else you will read this year."

--Hudson Review


"Atsuro Riley’s percussive poetry is heavily sound-driven. Riley is a collector, bricoleur and inventor of vocabulary, much of it gleaned from the speech, sounds and images of the rural South of his childhood; he has learned, as he writes in ‘Strand’, to “hammer, wire, and jerry homely words”. Hyphens nail together compounds. . . and sound associations are as vital a driving force in his poems as semantics and syntax. Though rich in sound and texture, his poems are also lean and taut: the language-play Riley so obviously delights in is neither florid nor self-indulgent but rather energetic and fizzling, and he is capable of vivid evocations of landscape, story and memory in even the most concise of poems."

--Poetry International Web
www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/collection/article_item/int_article/16323/Editorial-1-March-2010

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Track Name: "Flint-Chant"
Once upon a time a ditch-pipe got left behind behind Azalea Industrial. . .
Track Name: "Picture"
This is the house (and jungle-strangled yard) I come from and carry.
Track Name: "Map"
Daddy goes.
Track Name: new track-- "Skin"
Our kitchen-floor linoleum is pocked some and pitted, swollen in a few places and (mostly) off-pink as a leg.
Track Name: "Drift-Raft"
Some nights, blank nothing:
Track Name: "Box"
These twigs stand for clothesline-pines.
Track Name: "Tablet"
Epitaph the Viaduct Meat and Three.
Track Name: "Nullaby"
The one time we saw local snow I laid some by for later.
Track Name: "Story"
Mama favors this closet for a cellar-hole because of the oceanwater-dark in here, and cool.
Track Name: new track-- "Diorama"
The Blue Hole Summer Fair, set up and spread out like a butterfly pinned down on paper.
Track Name: "Hutch"
From back when it was Nam time I tell you what.
Track Name: "Clary"
Her cart like a dugout canoe.
Track Name: "O"
What was it for the longest time but lore, lure;
Track Name: "Rage-Lodge"
Salts and sugars slow-crust (and sharp-gemify) along meat-string in science-glass.
Track Name: "Skillet"
Was mine-drawn; Was pig-iron;
Track Name: new track-- "Fosterling-Song"
Hadn't he come to us out from County Home
cleaved to a caul-swaddle
cloth (of coarse croker-sack weave)
he all the time plucked and wrung?
Track Name: "Roses"
The house with the nick- and -snigger name 'Snort and Grunt'.
Track Name: "Bell"
The heard-tell —how her baby'd burned— downrivering and rippling.
Track Name: new track -- "Sunder"
"A last rock-skip hurlstorm (crazing river-glass)
the closest they ever were."
Track Name: new track --- "Striplings"
Truck a passel (a poke) of wildling boys
Track Name: New Track: "Thicket"
We come gnawed by need on hands and knees.