"About halfway through her newest collection, Ronk...presents an essay that explains as well as evokes the deep silence that is the subject of these intricate metaphysical poems. A 'National Poetry' series winner for Vertigo, Ronk here describes Arcata, CA, a place enveloped in silence and fog caused by a coastal upwelling of ocean water. Those conditions inspire Ronk's themes and an 'upwelling' of the images, metaphors, free association, and word play in these poems. Suggesting the scope of her book, Ronk notes, 'Silence isn't an opposite. It's a thing in itself on which blackbirds...and undefined voices scrawl shapes'...That voice echoes mysteriously through this book, commenting on the various types of silence, whether found at the end of a line in prose or poetry after turning a page or while looking at a work of art. Ronk includes ekphrastic poems that find words for paintings--often called silent poems."--Dan Beachy-Quick, author of Of Silence and Song "Library Journal"
"Ronk has always sharply angled her gaze toward the world's unlikely phenomena, revealing and reveling in the heat she detects underneath. In Silences she searches for and settles in pauses, stops, breaks, in-between spaces . . . She takes inspiration from, and writes about, great artists of interstitial spaces, such as Samuel Beckett, John Cage, Rene Magritte, Mark Rothko, and Vincent van Gogh, and meditations on the practice of ekphrastic art. . . . Ronk gets as close as one can, in these new poems, to dancing on the pinhead of now."--Craig Morgan Teicher, author of We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Progress