Poetry. ORIGINAL BODIES explores the primitive mindset, the ancient brain that exists within us all. Most of us don't believe that three crows in a black willow tree portend death, that a dry steam bed suggests that a spouse or relative will have a miscarriage, that we can read our lives in the entrails of a pickerel frog or in a hognose snakeskin found draped beside a river bank. But we do wish that we might gain some small control over our destinies. Residing half in the real world and half in the dream world, the poems accentuate the slipperiness we often feel between the corporeal and incorporeal, which is the source of both our fears and longings.
Doug Ramspeck is the author of eight previous collections of poetry, one collection of short stories, and a novella. His most recent, Book of Years (2021), is from Cloudbank Books. Individual poems have appeared in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Slate, Missouri Review, and many other literary journals. His short story "Balloon" was listed as a Distinguished Story for 2018 in The Best American Short Stories.