Robert Ronnow: Poetry

This site contains Long As You're Living: Collected Poems (read pdf)
and Whole Wide World, my personal anthology of poems
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         Whole Wide


An Anthology of Poems

   2K B.C.                 2K A.D.

New & Selected Poems

"An original voice." --W.S. Merwin

"Ronnow puts some meaning back into the term
'experimental'. . .a poet who is both idiosyncratic
and based in the best elements
of a literary tradition." --Lewis Turco

"Often experimental, political, sexual, emotional,
but most of all surprising . . . a man and poet
whose personal convictions and writing passion
are not mutually exclusive."
--Alice Osborn in Pedestal Magazine

"Ronnow’s work finds 'salvation in the details'. . .
New & Selected Poems deepens and grows more
interestingly rich as it progresses, and one is left with
the feeling that Ronnow’s development as both a poet
and a man is ongoing. May this be said of all of us."
--Christy Corp-Minamiji for Blogcritics

"Very rich reading." --Naomi Shihab Nye

"Wild and restless." --Sandra Alcosser

"Alive and moving." --Lanie Shanzyra Rebancos

"I have read its pages taking pleasure in their breadth
of knowledge and their singing both."
--Jane Hirshfield

"Has what Frank O'Hara called 'a dry eye' with all its
attendant wit, speed and brain drive."
--Roger Mitchell

"It sits at my place at table and I dip into it regularly."
--Tom Disch

"I admire this book very much." --David Ray

"An impressive book . . . especially the long final
section, which opens up in a lot of interesting ways."
--Charles North

"There are so many poems here I 'recognize' and value
for one virtue or another: honesty, simplicity
of statement that coexists with complexity of intent,
and a clear commitment to speak to the reader."
--Rhina P. Espaillat

"I've been enjoying the insights, the lyricism,
the wry humor. My kind of book." --Seido Ray Ronci

"I have read through the volume with enjoyment,
admiration, and occasional bouts of envy."
--Fred Chappell

"What an accomplishment. It's a life in poetry. How do people process their lives without art?"
--Molly Peacock

"Refreshingly candid and readable. Amen."
--Bruce Hunter

Available from

Communicating the Bird

"The Burning of the Jews is powerful. It stings,
amuses, threatens to irritate, and finally hurts
and persuades: nobody can accuse [Ronnow]
of being afraid to take risks!"
--Rhina P. Espaillat

"[Ronnow] speaks my mind on a number of issues
as well as writing with distinctive style and structure.
Not many poets these days will even tackle the big
issues. [He] mixes delight and grief beautifully,
as in The Writer Working Hard." --David Ray

"The best lesson I've had in quite a while on how to
maintain the joy in the face of and while recording
the details of . . .our times." --Roger Mitchell

"The poems have lots of surprises, and they are graceful, punchy in places, loving." --Ronald Heifetz

"An artist of great maturity in craft as well as in life,
ranging from personal to cosmic to political to natural
to the ornery, all while maintaining a tough backbone
of nonconformist integrity, lucidity and acceptance
of the endlessly insoluble paradoxes of our lives."
--LP Navon

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Ronnow Poetry
in Journals/Zines


Apr 27, 2024
Oct 9, 2023
Jul 21, 2023

April, 2024

Apocalypse Confidential
Apr 8, 2024

Wilderness House
Literary Review

Vol. 19, No. 1

March, 2024

March, 2016

Unlikely Stories
February, 2024
June, 2019
August, 2017

February, 2024

Taj Mahal Review
Vol. 24, No. 2, Dec 2023
Vol. 21, No. 1, Jun 2021
Vol. 17, No. 2, Dec 2018

San Antonio Review
Nov 1, 2023

Synchronized Chaos
September, 2023
March, 2021

The Seattle Star
Aug 26, 2023
Jul 31, 2023
Jul 17, 2023

In Parentheses
May 15, 2023

The Piker Press
Apr 3, 2023
Mar 6, 2023
Feb 6, 2023
Dec 28, 2020
Nov 23, 2020
Oct 26, 2020
Nov 12, 2018
Oct 1, 2018
Aug 27, 2018

Issue 68
Issue 59

The Poet
January, 2023

Mad Swirl
Oct 18, 2022
Aug 27, 2020

Last Stanza
Issue #10

Modern Literature
Sep 24, 2022

Ink Pantry
Aug 20, 2022

Summer 2022

#28, Spring 2022

Blue Lake Review
May 2022

Spring 2022


April, 2022
October, 2020
May, 2018
August, 2017
June, 2017

Cathexis Northwest Press
March 2022
May 2020

Fortunate Traveller
Feb 4, 2022
Jul 3, 2020

The Drabble
Jan 7, 2022

War, Literature
& the Arts


Brief Wilderness
Nov 22, 2021

Blood & Bourbon
Issue #9

The Stray Branch
Fall/Winter, 2021

Westward Quarterly
Fall, 2021

Fall, 2021
Winter, 2021
Fall, 2020

The Chamber
Oct 8, 2021

bear creek haiku

Aug 8, 2021

Academy of the Heart
and Mind

Jun 27, 2021

Jun 23, 2021


Voices de la Luna
  May, 2021
  August, 2019

The Voices Project
May 12, 2021

The Bond Street Review
Winter, 2021
Winter, 2018
Summer, 2017
Winter, 2017

#22, Jan 2, 2021

Sein und Werden
Winter, 2020

Pennsylvania Literary

Fall, 2020
Summer, 2018

Red Fez
Issue 141

Lamplit Underground
Volume 4

Miller's Pond
Fall, 2020

Poetry Super Highway
Sep 28, 2020
Dec 28, 2009

Down in the Dirt
September, 2020
May, 2018

The Charleston Anvil
Summer, 2020

Horror Sleaze Trash
Jul 12, 2020

The Lake
July, 2020

Corvus Review
#14, Spring/Summer, 2020
#5, Spring/Summer, 2016

Ex Ex Lit
Jun 27, 2020

failed haiku
Issue 53

Free Verse Revolution
May 14, 2020

Former People
Apr 23, 2020

Duane's PoeTree
Apr 8, 2020

Issue 20

March, 2020

Bewildering Stories
Issue 841

Jan 7, 2020

The Bitchin' Kitsch
Vol. 11, Issue 1

Ancient Paths
Dec 7, 2019

Caveat Lector
Vol. 30, No. 1

Antarctica Journal
Oct 6, 2019
Sep 29, 2019
Sep 22, 2019

Summer, 2019
Winter, 2017-18
Fall, 2017

Scarlet Leaf Review
May, 2019
May, 2017

TreeHouse Arts
May 29, 2019
Aug 2, 2017

Poem of the Moment
December, 2018

December, 2018

Militant Thistles
November, 2018

Cavalcade of Stars
Sep 3, 2018

#184, Summer 2018

Nature Writing
Jun 2, 2018
Feb 28, 2017

Liquid Imagination
May 29, 2018

Leaves of Ink
May 29, 2018
May 20, 2018
May 13, 2018

Phenomenal Literature
Vol. 3, No. 1, 2018

The American Scholar
Mar 20, 2018

Feb 6, 2018

Eunoia Review
Jan 24, 2018

Every Day Poems
Jan 21, 2018
Feb 25, 2016

The Transnational
Vol. 5

Poetry Pacific
Nov 5, 2017

Oct 23, 2017
Dec 3, 2016
Feb 7, 2016

Beechwood Review
Fall, 2017

The Fear of Monkeys
Issue 28

Randomly Accessed Poetics
Sep 3, 2017
Jun 11, 2017

Tipton Poetry Journal
Summer, 2017

River Poets Journal
Vol 11-1, 2017

Summer, 2017

The Recusant
July, 2017

Raven Chronicles
Vol 24 - June, 2017

Peeking Cat
May, 2017

Indiana Voice Journal
April, 2017

The Ghazal Page
September, 2016
August, 2016

April, 2016

The Birds We Piled Loosely
April, 2016

Literary Juice
March, 2016

Survivor's Review
Volume XVI

Autumn Sky Poetry Daily
Jan 13, 2016

Poetry East
Fall, 1984