Teaching a Man to Unstick His Tail

A full length and color poetry book
By Ralph Hamilton

teaching-a-manTeaching a Man to Unstick His Tail is a book about relationships, both with those closest to us and with ourselves.

Ralph Hamilton’s poetry is a tapestry stitched from flesh and beauty, wound and salve. Words become electric through this poet’s skin and mouth. This is a poetry of unflinching honesty, of pauses and silences and songs that leave the reader barely breathing. This book will make your hands and heart tremble.
— Allison Joseph, editor, Crab Orchard Review

A stanza from John Donne’s “The Ecstasy” opens this beautiful book.  Donne wrote about a couple on a riverbank meditating about the tensions between soul and flesh.  That scene informs this book.  You can hear it in lines like these: “If you want me/ to love you—leave” and “You are a chicken and/ I am a chicken.” With wit and tenderness, Hamilton reminds us of this 17th Century couple poem by poem.
— Spencer Reece, author of The Clerk’s Tale & The Road to Emmaus

Hamilton’s poems … render the daily with an eye for the perfect detail, such as the estranged lovers who “text each other across wastelands of thousand count Egyptian thread.” Beautiful, sensual work at the nexus of love and loneliness.
— Susan Merrell, fiction editor, Southampton Review & author of Shirley: A Novel

Teaching a Man to Unstick His Tail by Ralph Hamilton
Publisher: Sibling Rivalry Press
Publication Date: March 12, 2015
120 pages. Price: $16.95
ISBN 978-1-937420-88-8
Available: Sibling Rivalry PressAmazon

Ralph Hamilton is editor of RHINO, an independent poetry journal in its 39th year of publication.  He has an MFA in Poetry from Bennington.  His poems have appeared in Court Green, CutBank, Pirene’s Fountain, Blackbird, and other journals.  He has had residencies at Ragdale and the Anderson Center, and later served on the board of the Ragdale Foundation.  He was the judge for Fifth Wednesday Journal’s prize in poetry in Fall 2013, and guest poetry editor for Fifth Wednesday’s Fall issue in 2014.  His first book of poems, Teaching a Man to Unstick His Tail, has just been published by Sipbling Rivalry Prress (SRP). He is currently finishing his second book, The Barnyard of Boyage.  Ralph lives in Evanston, Illinois, with his son.

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