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124 pp. 6 x 9 paperback
6281 Red Bud
Fulton, MO 65251
by DAVID RAY
Published by Timberline Press, 2004
One Thousand Years explores a history that still perplexes and shames us, and offers poems that provide a vibrant contribution to an essential literature. The book includes a sequence "Under Sentence of Death: Occupied France 1943," a tribute to victims of the Nazi Occupation in France whose words Ray adapted or "transcreated."
See review from The Kansas City Star, April 11, 2004
In North American Review, January-February 2004, Vince Gotera writes:
"A guiding light of the Poets Against the Vietnam War movement in the 60s, Ray turns here to another wartime topic, focused still on atrocity and its effects. Other than that, I'm speechless: this book is huge. Ray injects humanity (and inhumanity) into the event revisionists want to claim never happened. Ray reminds us the victims and oppressors are people--they are we. 'Oh,/ little canaries, sing louder,/ for the politicians are still trying to murder us.// They are preparing the showers.'"
Praise for One Thousand Years: Poems about the Holocaust:
"David Ray writes with elegance, insight and beauty about one of the most difficult, painful, but important events in the last century which continues to demand our attention."
"With bitterness, knowledge, irony, fury, frustration, loveliness, wisdom, memory, care, rage, hope, reverence, disgust, originality, vision, David Ray creates these beautiful poems."
"These poems that constitute a pacifist's reaction to the horrific public events (and some private ones, too) of a lifetime are proof once again of David Ray's humanity and artistry."
"In this important contribution to the history of human suffering David Ray's compassion, study of history, and the power of his poetry show us that his own suffering has not been in vain."
"In these poems on the horrors of the Holocaust, David Ray's tone is restrained, but his anger and compassion are all the more powerful for their rendering into irony. Ultimately his poems on the shameful acts of which men and women are capable become witnessing songs leading to a possibility of understanding without forgetting."
"The explorations in these works give an unnerving accounting of those small parts of history we have not thought through because, after all, how could we or why would we want to imagine them... But they are the truth. These are poems for the world, sturdy as poetry and alarming – still – as news of ourselves.