Robert Krut This Is the Ocean

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This Is the Ocean

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Robert Krut's award-winning second collection dives into a visceral tour of spaces raw and unknown. In THIS IS THE OCEAN, winner of the 2012 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, Krut invites investigation through transformative images that bite and bark, and unshakeable mantras that allow for redemption.

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About the Author:

Robert Krut is the author of The Spider Sermons (BlazeVox, 2009). A chapbook, Theory of the Walking Big Bang, was published by H-ngm-n Books in 2007; subsequently, he began serving as an associate editor for the journal/press. He teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Writing Program and College of Creative Studies, and lives in Los Angeles.

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In Robert Krut's second poetry collection, THIS IS THE OCEAN, the speaker attempts to divine mysteries from circles coffee mugs have left behind as well as the code of the flickering gas station bathroom lights. The holy is seen in hundreds of bats taking flight as well as the trunk of a tree opening into the unknown. Where the speaker, in delicate promises, tells us that there are lies far too beautiful to be ignored. The wonder and the wisdom of these poems will burn in your memory like the bright neon of a pier's Ferris wheel. --Oliver de la Paz, author of Requiem for the Orchard

In a Robert Krut poem we might walk outside a nightclub and meet Medusa snakes on her head long dead and above her their souls in a "ghost snake halo" or we might see a man who's been sleeping in his car for weeks wake and write where his breath has fogged the window, "Go away, go inside." We will always find the magical and disturbing along its streets, we will want to look at everything twice. THIS IS THE OCEAN is alive with transformative power, images that sizzle, beautiful uncertainties, and quiet humanity. --Beckian Fritz Goldberg, author of Reliquary Fever: New and Selected Poems

Forget you think you know your body, or your place. To be in a Krut poem is to have a new experience of reality, both physical and mental. He's messing with physics, with natural law, in poems like dense, disruptive nuggets made of disparate particles from worlds that don't fit together, but are pulled into belonging like filings that happen to share the same size and weight. THIS IS THE OCEAN swerves between inner sermons and snakes, between the almost ghostly and the daily dictions of dude. These are surreal meditations on the elusive, equally held by gnosis and ground. --Sarah Maclay, author of Music for the Black Room

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