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REVIEW: Robert Duncan Gray – Ticklish Animal

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I’ve seen Robert Duncan Gray in his underwear, screaming poetry from the top of his lungs, and then staring down the crowd like a mic drop. It was brilliant. His stage presence is powerful because he is – obviously – very comfortable with who he is, and more importantly, makes no apologies for it. His poetry, however, is not always comfortable, and that is refreshing. He makes you think. He engages with you, and implores you to think about the world in which you live.

Ticklish Animal, Gray’s newest chapbook, released via Bone Tax Press, is a strong example of his cerebral, personal, and poignant pieces. I’m not sure if it’s his best work (for that, read Trans, or Cabbage Language), but you’ll definitely get a glimpse of what Robert Duncan Gray can do.

My favorite piece from the book is “All the Dogs in Space”

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Grab your copy of Ticklish Animal at Powell’s in Portland.

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

4 comments on “REVIEW: Robert Duncan Gray – Ticklish Animal

  1. kiwiskan
    May 14, 2014

    looks good, but shipping to New Zealand makes most books prohibitive…

  2. Pingback: REVIEW: ROSS ROBBINS – HOT BRIGHT OYSTER | The Poetry Question

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