Ron Paul Salutsky
Praise For Romeo Bones
"In Romeo Bones, dialect becomes a vivid geography. Salutsky describes distances and altitudes with colloquial fervor. The distances are hearts removed from home. The altitudes are soul-making. Here are poems measured to an exacting world."
--Donald Revell, author of Tantivy
"Ron Salutsky takes his readers from the deepest memories of childhood to the edge of our loneliness moments when the stars bloom in the night sku, and the trees and wind tell us their secrets. This is a world in motion, a world filled with goodbyes. Cars travel deserted highways, and we witness acts that he translates into poems of aching bravura. This is a deeply felt and moving debut collection."
--Barbara Hamby, author of All-Night Lingo Tango
"No one and nothing is spared in this poet's inventory. Yet love is as persistent and formidable and phenomenal as any of these--whether it's up against self, nature, or metaphysics--in poem after poem. The encounters of all these elements are various and unique, unexpected then gripping. There are 'horse cripplers,' coyotes which discuss Iraq, pornography, and language's role in society, over a dinner of tomatoes and tomcats, and speakers who seek each other among constantly revolving emotional conditions."
--Arthur Vogelsang, author of Expedition: New and Selected Poems
"The poems in Romeo Bones teeter between the poles of faith and despair and make of that place a holy ground. Reading this book, I am reminded of a Jesuit prayer: 'Dear God, if there is a God, save my soul, if I have a soul...' In the brave trajectory of Ron Salutsky's debut collection, I trace a pilgrim's stance and find that it is his urge towards belief that makes the fallen world inscribed here, from moment to anguished moment, a paradise."
--Claudia Keelan, author of Missing Her
Reviews and Features
Title Poem Featured on Verse Daily
On September 24, 2013, "Romeo Bones" was the poem of the day.
About the Author
Ron Paul Salutsky was born and raised in Somerset, Kentucky, and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida. Find more at www.salutsky.com