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Too Young To Know

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"The needle of the cosmic player has set the soundtrack to Kevin Ridgeway’s new collection of poetry, TOO YOUNG TO KNOW. This is a stunning collection of poems syncopated to jazz, bebop, and the psychic chants of a spinning rock’ n roll record full of dead voices and madness. The piano of the silent film era mingles with the laugh track of endless sitcoms, game shows, and commercials. Ridgeway’s deceased mother sings in her vibrato urn as the suicidal poet wanders the streets of a burned-out Southern California dream. We inhale the exhaust and hear the freeway traffic under a Velveeta sunrise. We hear the silence of the catatonic lunch room of his Pictionary teammates. We hear the voices of the mental health professionals interrupted by a transistor radio blasting The Flying Burrito Brothers. While this poet may describe himself as “young, dumb, and full of cum,” he is a soul born to embrace the mystery, dance to the music, make love, be happy, and, ultimately LIVE."
--Wendy Rainey
Author of GIRL ON THE HIGHWAY (Picture Show Press 2019). Contributing poetry editor with Chiron Review.

Kevin Ridgeway lives and writes in Long Beach, California. Recent work has appeared in Chiron Review, Nerve Cowboy, Big Hammer, San Pedro River Review, Trailer Park Quarterly, Gravel Magazine, and The Mas Tequila Review, among others. In 2015, his poem, “Her Dead Husband’s Ashes,” was awarded second place in Cultural Weekly’s annual competition, the Jack Grapes Poetry Prize. A two-time Pushcart nominee, Ridgeway is the author of six chapbooks of poetry. The latest, Contents Under Pressure, is now available from Crisis Chronicles Press.