Poetry. Against a background of repressed trauma, we hear the voice of the outsider or exile. He is part of a different "tribe" whose ancestors include Ovid in Tomis (whose fears and discomforts make his exilic works disturbing and cloying at once), the observer who, as Kafka describes himself, inhabits a "borderland between solitude and community," and Hawthorne's Wakefield who abandoned his wife for some twenty years, but took up lodgings only one street over.
Ray Ragosta is the author of A MOTIVE FOR DISAPPEARANCE (Burning Deck, 2013), OPPOSITE ENDS (Paradigm Press, 2000), GRONDINES EPISODE (Paradigm Press, 1999) and VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE (Burning Deck, 1993). He lives in Warwick, R.I., and works as a writer and editor. Author City: WARWICK, RI USA