Biography of Bin Ramke
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.
Bin Ramke Poems
Curve of Pursuit
A point, a line, alignment. Lovely the lingering lights along the shore as the century lays itself out for observation:
Making It Up as You Go Along
Lucretius loved Epicurus, knew the world through him; his meaning was clear: love as a way
Any morning anyone—the sky and the sound of birds, the air a river no bird can fly through twice—an uneasy joke: the air's
Trouble Deaf Heaven
Sonnet 29 Is there a sound? There is a forest. What is the world? The word is wilderness.
"Who are you to tell us how to live or why, et cetera?" No Man, of course, and not so tall as is the current fashion, nor smart enough
So much I thought was only personal, like poetry, like caring nothing for Caillebotte the man, like arriving in Chicago by bus one gray morning
Heraldry and all its lovely language; I chose my time there learning elsewhere, where else than land,
The Center for Atmospheric Research
Pei designed the building with views, smooth masonry, and the mountains aligned for a photo opportunity; inside are files
Better Late than Never
I was young once, at least, if not beautiful. And what is beauty anyway? The light off snow is pretty. I was young once, as young as any. After all, she thought, to know the edge
Arcade: The Search for a Sufficient Land...
The Pontalba Apartments in the View-Master and the cardboard cathedral as if trapped in the dream twenty years early, the whole a furious search
Gravity and Levity
The heron resolves itself from the gray lake the water conversely the woman dissolves in sex, her own
Into Bad Weather Bounding
Colligated points, dust, ultimately a cloud, as in an orographic cloud in Colorado cringing against a horizon. Boundaried vision and vapor conspire
Better Late than Never
I was young once, at least, if not beautiful.
And what is beauty anyway? The light off snow
is pretty. I was young once, as young as any.
After all, she thought, to know the edge
of truth or of mountains, you need to lie or fall.
Everyone has an inner life, O careless love,
it's as simple as that. That's why they hurried
to marry before the month ended—fear of June.