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    APRIL 26, 1985
VOLUME NUMBER 9
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Meet Ron Bayes
By Joannie Ketch
Writer-in-Residence, Ron
Bayes, has just published a new
book, A Beast in View. So far,
the feedback is encouraging
and the reviews positive. It’s
easy to see why.
The key to the success of
Ron’s poems is twofold-wit and
universality. Wit is humor at its
best. It is clever because its
simplicity is deceiving. Lines
such as “absence makes the
heart grow teeth” makes one
laugh and then wonder why.
Ron’s wit is subtle, such as,
“this sleeplessness while you
sleep through a loud clock”,?
describes accuratly that feeling
of semi-awakeness that we all
have felt.
Another plus about Ron’s
poems is how effectively he
generates feelings of
peacefulness as well as
loneliness.
I thought it
was you
turning in be-listening
I know
it is just the rain heavier
The feelings that come out of
Ron’s poems are universal. The
wish “Ultimately to be seen as I
am” for example is a desire
that everyone feels.
Ron even embodies bit
terness in wit.
If it had been a razor
Dear, my hand and pen
hastening on
to underling that kiss-off line
of yours
would have left me a
pointer finger poorer and
blood all over these pages.
Overall, the effectiveness of
Ron’s poems comes through the
universality of the moods and
feelings he generates, and his
wit that makes us smile. After
reading the book, one notices
that Ron’s lines linger in the
mind. To use two of those lines
to sum up my review:
What did you think?
“I
admired him.”
Photo By Rooney Coffman
    

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