Today's poem is "Customs of Golems"
from American Mastodon

Black Lawrence Press

Brad Ricca was born in Cleveland, OH and has had poems published in The Kerf, The Coe Review, 6ix, The White Pelican Review, Luna Negra, Caesura, Monkeyspank, Black Dirt, and Albatross, among others. He teaches at Case Western Reserve University, where he got his Ph.D. in literature and was Managing Editor of The Emily Dickinson Journal. He produced a documentary film called Last Son (2009) and has a book about Superman forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press. His first book of poems, American Mastodon, won the 2009 St. Lawrence Book Award and will be published in 2011.

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About American Mastodon:

"Biography In American Mastodon, we meet a brash and arresting presence on the po-biz scene. "The Terrible Salon" made me guffaw, as did "Bartleby and Emily Dickinson's First Date," but Brad Ricca is no trifling comedian; for as several poems (notably 'Open-Ended MRI') triumphantly demonstrate, his insights strike deep. Go ahead and buy this book now; you may need to stand in line to buy his next one."
—X.J. Kennedy

"It’s not surprising that a voice already this mature can astonish and delight you with an otherworldly study of insomnia, the hysterical political hubris of 'Non-Diplomatic Solution' and a post-structural take on the super-villains. But what I love about Ricca’s work is that he can infuse queuing at the supermarket with the same resonant wonder and strangeness – and it’s through straightforward honesty as much as the intensity of the synaesthetic colours and wild imagery. The poems gather weight as they progress – an unbearable sadness pervades works such as 'This Old Year' and 'This Ends Now', a tone which becomes positively moving in 'Open-Ended MRI'. And that’s the crux: what’s the point in registering absurdity if your poetics isn’t founded in compassion? Ricca is pioneering a linguistically inventive kind of surrealism shot through with humanity and emotional intelligence; it’s a voice and style I’m enthralled to see."
—Luke Kennard

"Brad Ricca’s prize-winning debut poetry collection features a funny, sometimes scary menagerie of monsters. As if straight from central casting, a golem and Godzilla, Sasquatch and even 'the zombie Yeats,' stalk Ricca’s pages. Caged in by the DMV and an MRI, the poet knows he is practicing his craft as an American mastodon, i.e., a species that might just as well be extinct in our twenty-first-century sports-and-businessoriented iCulture. Just in time, he has fathered poems that trumpet like shaggy beasts in such in hospitable habitats as Ray, Ohio, as well as in Cleveland. Read this book and keep the mastodon alive."
—James Reiss

"Reading American Mastodon is like freewheeling on the back of Brad Ricca’s tandem across the span of our disjointed times while watching the Discovery Channel. Bartleby, Dickinson, Guevara, and Mickey Mouse all loiter en route while Ricca keeps the wheels spinning so effortlessly, we understand something without even trying. Ricca’s talent is various, fluid, mobile. A bustling, boisterous, mischievous book, the kind of book you should keep on you always, everywhere."
—Heather Phillipson

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