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One Girl Babylon

Goodbye Lyric: The Gigans and Lovely Gun ( 2014)


One Girl Babylon

domina Un/blued (2013)


One Girl Babylon

One Girl Babylon (2003)


When the Moon Knows You're Wandering

When the Moon Knows You're Wandering (2001)


Desdemona's Fire

Desdemona's Fire (1999)





Goodbye Lyric: The Gigans and Lovely Gun, The Sheep Meadow Press

"This versatile poet blinks at nothing under the stars." —Al Young


domina Un/blued, Tupelo Press

winner of the Dorset Prize, nominated for the National Book Award

"Ruth Ellen Kocher’s masterful fourth volume of poetry domina Un/blued is a book-length meditation on ownership, dominion, and domination. With admirable dexterity the book both decries power and celebrates empowerment. Perforated by white space, the poems seem to hover above the page, systematically undermining a linear reading. domina Un/blued is at once deeply moving and wildly intelligent… a wonderful book—sophisticated, beautiful, and innovative" —Lynn Emanuel

In domina Un/blued, Ruth Ellen Kocher painstakingly manipulates verse, visual field, and linguistics to reveal the historical violence and very personal implications of dominion, enslavement, and diaspora. The poems stutter and shudder through their observations toward their discoveries, merciless, feminist, and unforgiving. This is a book about power and powerlessness, and about suffering, about which Kocher is, unfortunately, never wrong. —Kathy Fagan


One Girl Babylon, New Issues Press

"...a world full of trauma, of failure, of forgetting, of loss, and yet the collection is a hopeful one." —Jennifer Perrine, Indiana Review

Speaking and singing in the many voices and key signatures of poetry ...Kocher shines and sheds visible and audible light. —Al Young


When the Moon Knows You're Wandering, New Issues Press

"When the Moon Knows You're Wandering, is, in short, a very wise, beautiful and moving book." —Beckian Fritz Goldberg


Desdemona's Fire, Lotus Press

winner of the 1999 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award

"...At the heart of these stunning poems is a precise and imaginative examination of the thin line that separates beauty and terror, wisdom and madness, tolerance and hatred." —Bruce Weigl

"The classical argument, the channeled mind stream, has a unique surface property; it brings commerce to two cultures. Here, argument becomes sublime and here the poet is truly a carrier of ladders and I think, as the Old Testament author intended, a carrier of ladders has the horizontal strength almost for a perfect burden. —Norman Dubie