A Shape & Sound ~ Andrew Ruzkowski

About the Book:

We think we know language. We think it is ours. The body speaks it. Words are pieces and parts of humans. However, like people, language morphs. Andrew Ruzkowski investigates the complications of language in his long poem A Shape & Sound. The poet explores what words can do to us, in us, and for us. His love of writing, the world, and the beloved take us to a connected space. This long poem begs the reader to explore our collective and individual happenings.

About the Author:

Andrew Ruzkowski lives and writes in Chicago. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, The New Writer, Willows Wept Review, Black Tongue Review, The Camel Saloon, Emerge Literary Journal, Parable Press, The Bakery, [PANK], and Midwestern Gothic, among others. He has been nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize and was a finalist for the 2012 Atlantis Award and the 2012 Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry.


I look forward to this poets first full length collection. “A Shape and Sound” is, as Ruzkowski articulates, “an explosion/in the woods/was it trees/syllables perhaps.” With little to no punctuation, there is no restraining the imagery present within this text. Ruzkowski’s use of white space is reminiscent of the quiet before the storm, a “climate shift” that promises “an event of global proportions.” Ruzkowski patiently expresses this white space, giving us clues about where this space exists in our waking lives; perhaps it is the space “between clocks and crows,” or the place between “the mouths of the dead,” a “blankness like night splitting from ear to ear.” Ruzowski enters a negative door and returns with an account of his journey, daring the reader to “keep your hand in my beehive.”
~ S. Marie Clay, Amazon.com Customer
The interesting format lends itself nicely to the imagery and emotion in this piece. One can easily see and feel both.

Again and again …. each reading brings another dimension to the experience.
~ Lorraine Rose, Amazon.net
A wonderfully rich and engaging work throughout …vivid imagery throughout a wonderful thoughtful journey…I look forward to much more from this bright new talent
~ Chuck Ruzkowski, Amazon.com Customer

Talented and accredited author, look forward to more writings from Mr.Ruzkowski. This is a great piece of literature and I highly recommend this book and future books to everyone out there.

~ Green Mercury Sable, Amazon.com Customer

Great poems, great author, great price. Can’t wait to receive my copy.

~G.O.AT., Amazon.com Customer
I can’t wait to hear more from this young, inspiring poet.