Kate

Kate is blue-eyed
which she
sometimes forgets.
She will say,
“I have blue eyes,”
which is like her saying,
“Does that surprise you?”
Goodness she has blue eyes!

 

 

Kate II

Glittering self destroys Other.
Read All About It!
Hungry child
continues search
for self
without a past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Reading by Raymond Keen

The book reading described below was videotaped and can be enjoyed from this website. 
Hear Raymond Keen discuss the book.

Peotry Reading in Green Valley AZ

More Buzz about Raymond Keen - Four Interviews

Raymond Keen, Tucson authorCWRU (Case Western Reserve University) Department of English interview with Raymond Keen, author of Love Poems for Cannibals - December 2013:
CWRU Interview Link
 
Romance author Elizabeth McKenna interview with Raymond Keen, author of Love Poems for Cannibals - February 2, 2014:
Elizabeth McKenna Interview Link
 
Romance/fa​ntasy/scie​nce-fiction novelist Jessica Kong interview with Raymond Keen, author of Love Poems for Cannibals, on her "Sea-anan Empire" website - February 14, 2014:
Jessica Kong Interview Link

Poet Michael Lee Johnson interviews Raymond Keen. His blog is devoted to poets, writers, their interviews, selected works. Interviews are by special invitation of the publisher, editor, only.
Michael Lee Johnson interview link

"One of the Best Books of 2013"

 Kirkus Reviews

Love Poems for Cannibals by Raymond Keen was named One of the Best Books of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews

See the full review

Clarion Review of Love Poems for Cannibals

"Raymond Keen’s debut book of poetry, Love Poems for Cannibals, is akin to “experiencing a death of ego / with the aid of a little hash.” One part Wilfred Owen and one part Charles Bukowski, Keen’s unique voice is distinct and clear. Often drawing from the aphorisms and iconic language of the Vietnam War, he tells crisp and sometimes difficult stories through the perspectives of a variety of narrators.

Love Poems for Cannibals is filled with beautiful contradictions"....See the full review (Four Stars)

2014 Tucson Festival of Books

The Tucson Festival of Books is one of the premier book festivals in the U.S., annually bringing many fine writers in all writing genres to our Tucson area, and attracting thousands of visitors to the Author Pavilion.  So I am proud and very excited to be participating once again in the Tucson Festival of Books with my book Love Poems for Cannibals.
 
This year it is being held over a two-day period:   Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16.  I can be found in the Author Pavilion, West Tent, on Saturday, March 15 from 11:45 am to 1:45 pm.  West Tent is south of the University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center and north of the Chemistry Building.


Here is a link to the homepage of The Tucson Festival of Books:
http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

Tucson Festival of Books 2014

Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards

I submitted five poems for the poety category.  Stay tuned....

Love Poems for Cannibals - Early Reviews:

Kirkus Reviews

"Startling, cynical, satirical free verse about life among the postmodern ruins.  Keen’s debut poetry collection arrives at the party already a little drunk, a bit raucous and talking a mile a minute, but the longer the night goes on, the more sense it seems to make . . ."

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/raymond-keen/love-poems-for-cannibals/
 

love-poems-for-cannibalsThe VVA Veteran - Books in Brief

- Review by David Willson, author of REMF Diary and The REMF Returns

"I highly recommend this beautifully written and edited book . . ."

http://vvabooks.wordpress.com/category/poetry/

Tucson Weekly - The Range,
The Tucson Weekly’s Daily Dispatch

- Interview and Review by Kate Newton

"It may have been over 40 years in the making, but Raymond Keen’s first volume of poetry hardly fails to resound in the here and now . . ."

http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2013/04/12/love-poems-for-cannibals-blends-poetry-and-history#more
  

Interview of Raymond Keen by Vinny O'Hare from Awesome Gang

- "Where Awesome Book Readers Meet Awesome Writers"

http://awesomegang.com/raymond-keen/

  

Tucson Festival of Books

The Tucson Festival of Books is one of the premier book festivals in the U.S., annually bringing nearly 150 fine writers in all writing genres to our Tucson area, and attracting thousands of visitors to the Author Pavilion.  So I am proud and very excited to be participating in the Tucson Festival of Books with my book Love Poems for Cannibals 
This year it is being held over a two-day period:   Saturday and Sunday, March 9 & 10.  I can be found in the Author Pavilion, West Tent, on Sunday, March 10 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.  West Tent is on the south side of the UA Mall across from the Chemistry Building. (Booth Number 160)
Tucson Book FestivalHere is a link to the homepage of The Tucson Festival of Books:
Here is a link to the list of Pavilion Authors and Time slots:

Love Poems for Cannibals now on Amazon

Love Poems for Cannibals is now available for sale online at Amazon.com and direct from The Publisher. 

Love Poems for Cannibals Book JacketAs the reader moves through Love Poems for Cannibals, he/she will find poems of war (in this case Vietnam), poems dealing with current spiritual issues (Christianity, Buddhism, spiritual doubt and the soaring-singing human spirit), dysfunctional family relationships and feelings, portraits of great figures in contemporary human history presented with candor and wit, poems that rage against the omnipresence of human hypocrisy, and poems that present American/Western civilization under a glaring light – with the single redemptive quality that this author’s truth sings.

Link to Amazon 

Link to the Publisher

Raymond's "developmental writing process"

 

Raymond Keen One

# 1 - Raymond is not interested in writing now. He wants milk.

Raymond Keen Two

# 2 - Raymond is thinking and learning, but not writing.

Raymond Keen Three

# 3 - Raymond is still not writing. He is facing his demons.

Raymond Keen Four

# 4 - Now, at last, Raymond is settling down to write.

Raymond Keen Five

# 5 - Raymond has now completed 'Love Poems for Cannibals'.

 

Copyright © 2013 Raymond Keen  -  All Rights Reserved.

Civano Web Design