A witty, funny and perfectly naughty collection of poetry, A new book by Kenneth Lumpkin, whose works include “Song of Ramapough: A Poetics of Place”, “Love Lake” and “God Has Many Names and Other Poems”. With original cover art by Stephen Dunkel. Caution: You may laugh and cry spontaneously while reading this book!
Reviews for the Book
Sex, love, or lack thereof, booze and blues music are common themes exposed in the author's stream of consciousness. His work is sometimes irreverent, raw to the nerve, and edgy, yet self-deprecating and frequently humorous. I recommend Kenneth Lumpkin's "Slip of the Tongue" as a portal through which the reader can begin to understand how another really views the world around him and the comfort he finds through his poems, ones the he treats as his friends. - Amazon Customer
About the Author: Kenneth Lumpkin
Kenneth Lumpkin is an educator, writer, poet, musician, Freemason and activist. He has published four collections of poetry to date: “Gather the Ashes”, 1984, winner of the Louis Ginsberg Memorial Fellowship from the Chaucer Guild, “Song of Ramapough: A Poetics of Place”, 2016, “Love Lake”, 2017 and “God Has Many Names and other poems”, 2018 and “Slip of the Tongue”, 2019 NS “Possum: Tales from the Hidden Wood”, 2021. He teaches anthropology online through three New Jersey state universities and resides in London, Ontario with his wife, Kim and cat, Molly.
Song of Ramapough is a work that has some years behind it…38 as of this writing. It is a poetics of place. In this sense, it gets a lot of its direction and inspiration from Charles Olson’s Maximus Poems and William Carlos Williams’ Paterson. It was my intent when I started this project to write something that bespoke of the land, in this case, the Ramapo Mountain area of upper Bergen County, New Jersey and parts of Rockland and Orange Counties, New York. The idea was that it would be an environmental learning tool as well as a collection of poems. It is, in fact, one long poem to a particular place, the Ramapo Mountains. The personal hope was that if I got to know one distinct place on this planet intimately, I would also come to know the larger place, and therefore, the very Earth, itself.
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