More Buzz about Raymond Keen - Four Interviews
CWRU (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/fantasy/science-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
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:
Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards
I submitted five poems for the poety category. Stay tuned....
Love Poems for Cannibals - Early 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 . . ."
The 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 . . ."
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 . . ."
Interview of Raymond Keen by Vinny O'Hare from Awesome Gang
- "Where Awesome Book Readers Meet Awesome Writers"
Tucson Festival of Books
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.
As 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.
Raymond's "developmental writing process"
# 1 - Raymond is not interested in writing now. He wants milk.
# 2 - Raymond is thinking and learning, but not writing.
# 3 - Raymond is still not writing. He is facing his demons.
# 4 - Now, at last, Raymond is settling down to write.
# 5 - Raymond has now completed 'Love Poems for Cannibals'.