The Ruth Ellen Kocher Collection

By Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Café

By Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Café

Third Voice

Ruth Ellen Kocher

$16.95

Praising the power of lyric drama, T. S. Eliot described the use of third voice as a means for characters to address and interrogate one another, and second voice as a way for characters to talk to the audience. In this daring new book, the principal narrator presents as a caricature reflecting the tangible experiences of a disembodied "I" posed against absurd selfhood--a voice imbued by sublime otherness. Within a dismantled minstrel show, Ruth Ellen Kocher frames a female voice splintered and re-figured as "self" and "character." The incomprehensible nature of the sublime emerges through a cast of other personages including Eartha Kitt, Geordi LaForge, Immanuel Kant, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Malcolm X. Third Voice asserts lyric beyond personal expression and drama beyond the stage, using the spectacle of minstrelsy as a deformation of mastery in an audaciously conceptual yet visceral performance.

When the Moon Knows You're Wandering

Ruth Ellen Kocher

$16.80

When the Moon Knows You're Wandering turns on the theme of lost and found paths, of being perpetually lost and then found. But even more than lost, driven to abandon the paths of one's past. The moon in the title poem serves as landmark, tool of navigation, and silent witness. The speaker, distracted by the world, wanders, spiritually and physically, searching for some anchor that will return her to a significant sense of "home." She becomes a migrant of sorts, finding her way by what is common to all of us–landscape, song, and memory. Resolution for the speaker comes not in the journey but in the return to the simple articles of a life, the things we call home.

Goodbye Lyric: The Gigans & Lovely Gun

Ruth Ellen Kocher

$18.95 $17.43

New form, greatest invention since the donkey

One Girl Babylon

Ruth Ellen Kocher

$16.80

Poetry. African-American Studies. "This versatile poet blinks at nothing under thestars. Speaking and singing in the many voices and key signatures of poetry,our primal human language, Kocher shines and sheds visible and audiblelight" - Al Young.