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Ralph, born in New York City in 1975, is a novelist and poet. He was a journalist for a number of years before becoming a florist and then a University Instructor. Now he runs a pub in Seoul, South Korea.
He has published hundreds of poems and short stories online and in print in various mediums such as newspapers, magazines, and journals in a number of countries from Mexico to Long Island to Singapore. He was previously dubbed an experimental novelist (a tag which is not a perfect fit) and "a trip-hoppy visionary of language" (Lo Galluccio, writer).
He speaks English, Spanish, and some Korean. He lives in Seoul with his son and his mother.
on March 11, 2014 :
The Sacred Calendar by Ralph-Michael Chiaia has twenty poems based on the essence of each of the different days on the Sacred Mayan Calendar. I decided to read this book on the suggestion of a friend who is minoring in literature in college she told me that they were both philosophical and imaginative. She was completely right, but I personally would describe them as
lyrical. The poems are all written beautifully, this is not the work of a hobby poet, but a well research poet with an amazing writing ability. I also feel that I have to mention the fact that the information at the back of the book really helped to make the poems stand out more. I would love to read more of Ralph-Michael Chiaia's work.
(review of free book)
on March 07, 2014 :
This book of well-researched poems really touches your spirit. The lyrical words that are used keep you engaged when reading each imaginative poem in the book. The author Ralph-Michael Chiaia uses a philosophical approach that creates a smooth reading style. I found the information at the back of the book very helpful and it made understanding the poems easier. This is a beautiful book that everyone you make the time to read.
(review of free book)
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on June 23, 2013 :
It must have taken the author years to acquire the research needed for this book. I'll often read books and think, "Oh, I could write that," but not this one. Chiaia has an intimate knowledge of the calendar and makes this book of poems both personal and universal.
The Sacred Calendar is a brilliantly ambitious work. Every word gave pleasure and you will want to read it more than once to be sure to see the layers. It is enlightening as well as sexy. The author is deeply insightful and vulnerable as well. Excellent work. I really enjoyed it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)