Internationally-recognized poet David Ray's newest collection of poems explores the Holocaust in all its terror and moral abhorrence. This powerfully- written gathering uses personal narratives, dramatic monologues and direct addresses to Hitler and his associates to create a moving expression of outrage, one that stands both as protest and exorcism to the many atrocities committed during the World War II era.
from "The Perimeters of Grief"
He had in mind a thousand year Reich,
and one thousand years it shall be,
for the grief must be included, the thousand year Kaddish. It will take one thousand years for the
monsters to finish their death throes, at last purged of the poison they spewed.
It will take one thousand years for the last print of Triumph of the Will to crumble to dust, for
those flickering shadows to fall the rest of the way into darkness, for those torch-lit faces, thousands
caught in hypnotic trance, to leave off their worshipful gaze at the sky,
awaiting Herr Hitler, their Savior, descending out of the clouds, touching ground as if he were
Christ in his robes, blessing his people...
David Ray is the author of fifteen books of poetry and is the only poet to have twice received the William Carlos Williams Prize from the Poetry Society of America. Twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, his many honors include fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His work has appeared in Harper's, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Iowa Review, et al. He was founding editor of New Letters magazine while a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas and edited several anthologies, including A Poetry Reading Against the Vietnam War (with Robert Bly, 1966). He and his wife, Judy Ray, live in Tucson, Arizona. [via]