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Boneshepherds Patrick Rosal

In Boneshepherds, Patrick Rosal continues his confident dance through a world in which violence and beauty entwine—in which the music of Chopin gives way to a knifing, and the funk of decay and amorality cannot stifle the urge for human connection. As ever, Rosal's "sexy work finds the present haunted by the recent past, the personal [by] the political" (Publisher's Weekly). Boneshepherds shows him at his very best: vibrant, generous, and brave. 

Praise for the poetry of Patrick Rosal:

"[In Boneshepherds,] Rosal has infused his poetry with the joy of language."—Bracha Goykadosh, Booklist

"Every heartbreak, grief, and outrage is laced with a hopefulness born not just of Patrick Rosal's tremendous gifts as a poet, but of his humanity." —Terrance Hayes, author of Lighthead, winner of the National Book Award

"Patrick Rosal is quickly writing himself into the prominent role of young statesman in contemporary poetics. Unabashedly, he is influenced by hip hop, blue collar issues, and poetry alike: The result is stunning." —Mark Eleveld, Chicago Sun-Times

"Rosal is a second-generation Filipino whose heritage is a rich part of his work, but he is also an all-American urban kid...[with] the boastful beat of hip-hop...playing in the back of his head...In Rosal's world, beauty and pleasure are contagious. So is the charm of his poetry." —Time Out New York

About the Author:
Patrick Rosal ( is the author of Uprock, Headspin, Scramble and Drive, winner of the Members' Choice Award from the Asian American Writers' Workshop, and My American Kundiman, winner of the Global Filipino Literary Award and the 2006 Book Award in Poetry from the Association of Asian American Studies. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teachers at Rutgers University (Camden). 

Also available from Persea from Patrick Rosal:
My American Kundiman
Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive

Original Trade Paperback / $15.00 (Can. $17.50) / ISBN 978-0-89255-386-0 / 88 pages / Poetry


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