I Review Lew Welch @ The Rumpus

Lew Welch, Ring of Bone, Collected Poems.

“Lew Welch was many things; a scholar, a father, a drunk, a laborer, an adman, a madman, a friend, and an ascetic— no better description of him exists than that which came in his own vision, deep in the wilds of the Klamath Mountains, the poem after which the collection is titled:

I saw myself
a ring of bone
in the clear stream
of all of it

and vowed
always to be open to it
that all of it
might flow through

and then heard
“ring of bone” where
ring is what a

bell does

A bell, we might add, also resonates. These 40 years later, Lew, you are missed.”

More Here:

http://therumpus.net/2012/08/ring-of-bone-collected-poems-by-lew-welch/

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