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Naming the Ruins
Author: Dinah Roma

ISBN: 9781922181152
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 20 April 2014
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.3
Description:
Poetry from one of the key new female voices in poetry from the Philippines, published by Sydney/Tokyo based Vagabond Press. Ruins fascinate. They invite us into a world of disunities, fragments, memory, time. They beckon us to imagine the invisible and whole. Dinah Roma's third collection of poems ruminates on the guises of ruins in our encounter with everyday-how in the slow shedding of surfaces we inevitably excavate our deepest resources, from where we rise to an awareness of what renders us vulnerable and enduring, what allows us to trace and inhabit landscapes at once ineffable and sublime. A certain rhythm leads this movement in all the poems' low, lilt, and lift to one that sings us into a new way of being. "In Naming the Ruins, Dinah Roma keens. She keens for the lost past, for the gods both nameable and unnameable, for the terrains, for the past that threaten to take over the present, for the future that is not yet actualized but awaits in its embryonic form. These are graceful illuminating poems. These are poems of prayers, and we are undone and done with these poems." Mariko Nagai "Something both earthy and transcendent about these poems renders the reader breat...

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