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Atsuro Riley, Romey’s Order (Chicago, 2010)

Did people forget about Atsuro Riley? Probably the most delightfully weird poet in America, Riley is often compared to Hopkins. This is his first collection.

Her cart like a dugout canoe.
Had been an oak trunk.
Cut young. Fire-scoured.
What was bark what was heartwood : P u r e C h a r – H o l e
Adze-hacked and gouged.