A Force That Takes
Published by Cinnamon Press
Winner of the 2012 Cinnamon Press Poetry Award
Includes ‘Anthem at Morning’, chosen for the 2014 Forward Book of Poetry.
‘If you give this work the space it needs, and the time it deserves, it will reward you greatly […] Ragg allows the poet’s voice to carry its secrets, and sometimes, that is all we would want […] It is meticulous, crafted poetry.’ S. J. Holloway
‘Perhaps the most important feature of Ragg’s poetry is the movement of strong enjambment that carries a feeling of thought taking place […] I want to note the lovely intricacy of the idea of portraiture in ‘Arriving on the Scene’ and the great love poem ‘If Only’ that personalizes purpose and possibility.’ Charles Altieri
Edward Ragg was born in Stockton-on-Tees and, since 2007, has lived in Beijing, China. His poems have been anthologized in the 2014 Forward Book of Poetry (Faber & Faber, 2013), Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam (Cinnamon Press, 2012), Jericho & Other Stories and Poems (Cinnamon Press, 2012), Visiting Wallace: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Wallace Stevens (Iowa University Press, 2009) and New Poetries IV (Carcanet, 2007). Other work has appeared in PN Review, Envoi, Critical Quarterly, Orbis, Other Poetry, BODY, Acumen, Agenda and other magazines. He is an Associate Professor at Tsinghua University and co-founder, with his wife Fongyee Walker, of Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting.