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NAMING NAMES
RODIN & CO



Naming Names
Copyright © 2001
by Robert King
Palanquin Press

These poems burst their boundaries up and down and margin outwards towards the still untamed infinity of words, work their coordinates through restless references and indexes always towards a greater shifting irony that bends and warps like bodies in a fun house mirror. No discipline measured in either language or numbers escapes his testing, no starting point so commonplace its mystery and strangeness does not taunt him and tease us. What results is the naming of Naming Names, part Adam's assertion of the world, part ncecessary price of admission to the numinous carnival of plenitude which is our lives. Always somehow, through it all, Bob retains his fresh-faced enthusiasm and his wry good humor. — Greg Kuzma

I love the freedoms Bob calls on in the longer poems, and the fact that he's taken the poems on, to spin their stories out as if they carried knots that tightened and then slipped free. — Jay Meek

What a funny, intelligent poet King is! I admire his serious sense of play. — Twyla Hansen



Rodin & Co
Copyright © 2011
by Robert King
Grayson Books

These pages sing the details of Auguste Rodinís life and work with yearning and truthÖThese poemsí ways of breaking down objects and events are as clear and accurate as Rodinís own work. In fact, thatís the best compliment I could give Rodin & Company — the book bears the weight of Rodinís great life and works and carries them even farther into our hearts. — Jack Bedell

An unfolding discovery, done over time with great care and insight. Robert King unites poetic craft, traditional and organic form, and vision as well as anyone writing today. — Jared Smith


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