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 in 1943, Ray DiPalma received his BA from Duquesne University and his MFA from the U. of Iowa. From 1968-1975 he taught at Bowling Green University and moved to New York in 1975. Author of more than thirty books of poetry, DiPalma has also published many editions of visual work, including one-of-a-kind artist's books. Most recently, Otis Books | Seismicity published OBEDIENT LAUGHTER (2014), and THE ANCIENT USE OF STONE in 2009.
Reviews and Other Links
Don Share @ Squandermania and other foibles
Nick Piombino @ fait accompli
Terence Winch @ The Best American Poetry