Author: John J. Ronan
Format: Paperback, 96 pages
Published: January, 2017
Praise for John J. Ronan’s Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown
I’m rejoicing in the kind of poetry intended…for the larger Self that is the human community, eager to communicate a sense of kinship with the human everywhere. Poem after poem is intent on acknowledging the difficulty of escaping our individual skin…by using language at its evocative, imaginative and generous best.
These exuberantly original poems enlarge the circle of the personal to take in the universal, but so naturally and persuasively that the reader is both self and Self. Or, as the Whitman-like title poem puts it, this book renders the reader an aspect of the city, the community itself, “fungible, one.”
It’s a joy to be reminded of how comforting, even exhilarating, a sound the public voice can be, and how well poetry can be that voice.
-Rhina P. Espaillat is author of Where Horizons Go and Rehearsing Absence, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Richard Wilbur Award, and twice winner of the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award.