Poetry. Stephen Ratcliffe has been performing daily writing since 1999, when he began with PORTRAITS & REPETITION. Through a daily practice of acute perception of landscape and the experience of physical space, Ratcliffe has accrued several thousand pages of poems. SELECTED DAYS provides excerpts from six collections that span two decades. Ratcliffe's observations investigate the relationship of the material world to the materiality of language represented on the page, in his grid-forming Courier font. The result is a meditative documentation of time passing from an ostensibly still vantage point; still insofar as it never stops moving.
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Stephen Ratcliffe is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including ROCKS (Cuneiform Press, 2020), MORE ROCKS (Cuneiform Press, 2020), SOUND OF WAVE IN CHANNEL (BlazeVOX Books, 2018), PAINTING (Chax Press, 2014), and SELECTED DAYS (Counterpath Press, 2012) which won The Poetry Center Book Award. He has also written three books of literary criticism, READING THE UNSEEN: (OFFSTAGE) HAMLET (Counterpath Press, 2010), LISTENING TO READING (SUNY Press, 2000), and Campion: On Song (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981). His ongoing series of six 1,000-page books, each written in 1,000 consecutive days, is available at Editions Eclipse and his daily poems-plus-photographs appear at Temporality. He has lived in Bolinas since 1973.Author City: BOLINAS, CA USA