Love Among the Yearlings represents over thirty years of Vic
Ramirez's poems composed in the US, Great Britain and Scotland,
Algeria, Nigeria, Japan, and Spain. The gist of the collection is
straightforward: love's many seasons and faces. Our language has
but this one word to express a range of emotions that shift, lack
wholeness, ring as eternally as the breathing of the cosmos, are
ineffable yet can be suggested in one breath, or a leaf. Through
this work's many voices, love reveals itself to be a struggle, for
love inhabits the same terrain as all human passion, especially
fear, rage, ecstasy, compassion, pity, and at-one-ness with another
or the world. The book's motif tracks our quest, as Robert Graves
would put it, for that miracle of "absolute love continuing between
a man and a woman," for personal identity, and ultimately, for
connection to others. Love Among the Yearlings' chapters, "worrying
the light," "the one I treated worst, I loved best," and "in
hamburger storms," bring us to familiar and unfamiliar lands where
"love was a yearling once, in the sun at the start of the day ."
And where for yearlings, at least, this oldest aspect of what it is
to be human is always burgeoning, always becoming dust, always
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