Poetry. Ray DiPalma's THE ANCIENT USE OF STONE is a collection of journals and daybooks from 1998-2008. Part daybook, part journal, part commonplace book, replete with images and visual work, this comprehensive volume chronicles the poet's everyday life on New York's Upper Westside. Beginning with the title section, "The Ancient Use of Stone" (1998), the book is made up of six chronologically arranged sections, "Jihadgraphy" (2002), "An August Daybook" (2005), "Mules at the Wake" (2006), "Ascoso" (2006) and "Salt in the Rock" (2008). This intimate and at the same time challenging record displays a unique passion and commitment to writing, as well as a finely tuned sense of humor. Quixotic, serious, lyrical and sometimes troubling, DiPalma's grand adventure of a book embodies an important talent at its most discerning.
Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA
Born in New Kensington, PA and living in New York City since 1975, Ray DiPalma is the author of some thirty books of poetry and visual work, including Letters, Provocations, Motion of the Cypher, Caper and Quatre Poemes. DiPalma has had a rich and varied career as poet, editor, book artist, and artistic collaborator, beginning in the 1960s. He lives in New York City and teaches at the School of Visual Arts.
Reviews and Other Links
Don Share @ Squandermania and other foibles
Nick Piombino @ fait accompli
Terence Winch @ The Best American Poetry