Unique and highly imaginative, Norman Ball's poetry is also frequently apocalyptic. Drawing on Jungian archetypes, his poetry continually circles back on particular symbols as it contextualizes everyday dilemmas while formulating windows into the broader world of the numinous. Spellbinding.
—Jeff Holt, Poet, The Harvest.
A prolific songwriter, literary essayist, political commentator and playwright, here comes Ball the poet refracting, at his best, Auden's 'ironic points of light’…as for that patented Ball humor does it traverse genres? I’m pleased to report it more than survives the stanza.
—Douglas Milton, Editor, Anthony Burgess International Journal
The price we have paid for being over-intellectualized by the Modernist movement is somewhat allayed by the formal poetry that predominates in this collection; thank goodness there are poets like Mr. Ball helping to recover the magical in the most important art form humankind has striven to perfect.
—Patrick Quinn, President, Robert Graves Society
Surprises abound in this marvelous collection of poetry. We find depth, wit and astute observation all wrapped up in classical metrics made profoundly fresh.
—Rowena Silver, Co-Editor, Epicenter magazine
Norman Ball goes where few have ever gone before—into the largely unexplored realms of poetic financial satire. Yes Virginia, there is such a thing. And he brings back a great many pithy and humorous treasures for readers from his travels there.
—Michael Silverstein, The Wall Street Poet
Norman Ball's ambitious poetry turns on wordplay—for wit, for sonic joy, and for serious surprises. Both his formal and free verse thrive in the territory of e.e. cummings, where he takes on challenges too daunting for most contemporary poets. —A. M. Juster, Poet, The Satires of Horace
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NORMAN BALL is a poet, playwright, essayist and musician residing in Virginia. A featured poet on Prairie Home Companion, his poems and essays have appeared in Light Quarterly, Trinacria, Angle, New Trad Journal, The Raintown Review, The Pennsylvania Review, The Berkeley Poetry Review, Epicenter, Oxford Magazine, The Cumberland Poetry Review, 14 by 14, Rattle, Liberty, The Hypertexts, Main Street Rag, The New Renaissance, The Scotsman, and The London Times among others. His essay collections, How Can We Make Your Power More Comfortable? (2010) and The Frantic Force (2011), both widely available on the web, are published by Del Sol Press and Petroglyph Books, respectively. His recent play SIDES: A Civil War Musical (Inspired by The Red Badge of Courage) is currently being produced for TV by Last Tango Productions, LLC. His book on television and culture, Between River and Rock: How I Resolved Television n Six Easy Payments will appear later in 2013 from Giant Steps Press. He is currently co-writing a book that explores how best to fashion technology and cultural solutions for the exponential explosion of data and its warehousing requirements. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Washington & Lee University and a MBA, Finance from The George Washington University. He is a Program Management Professional (PMP) a Virginia General Contractor (GC) and a frequent columnist for NASDAQ as well as an Associate Editor for The Potomac and a Contributing Editor at Pop Matters magazine. He has a son Gregory who is down to one painted turtle called Lucky. Along the way, there have been too many snakes to count.
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Book Description White Violet Press, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0615900798