Bin Ramke

(1947 / Port Neches, Texas)

Bin Ramke
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Lloyd Binford Ramke (born 19 February 1947 Port Neches, Texas) is an American poet and editor.

He graduated from at Louisiana State University, from University of New Orleans, and from Ohio University with a Ph.D. He taught at Columbus College.

He was editor of the University of Georgia Press's Contemporary Poetry Series, from 1984 to 2005. In 2005, he became involved in the Contemporary Poetry Series controversy about Jorie Graham's selection of Peter Sacks. He resigned as editor.

He teaches at the University of Denver. He edits the literary magazine Denver Quarterly. He lives in Denver with his wife, Linda, a fiction writer, and their son, Nic. more »

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Gravity and Levity

The heron resolves itself from the gray lake the water
conversely the woman dissolves in sex, her own

in liquefaction but the flesh reforms like wings
unfolded flight like light drips glistens

the setting sun the horizon first
above now below the bird the evening only local

the spinning earth flings its fluid surface
dissolving itself into itself its ecstasy

the need we feel each for each, the falseness
of any world, at all it is a kind of patience

impossible to distinguish from lassitude
it is a kind of hope indistinguishable

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