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Planet Ross

Planet Ross

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Will you be at Ceremony's February 24, 2024 show at Los Angeles's Hollywood Palladium? PICKUP FOR THIS TITLE is available at the show. Ross will be signing copies next to the Ceremony merch table.

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By Ross John Farrar

Afterword by Jesse Miller-Gordon

Publication Date: February 24, 2024


A blue bike, giant inflated Ronald McDonald in San Francisco’s Chinatown, an Aussie waterslide, river scenes in Alabama, the Brooklyn Bridge, Paul Woods, a handful of cross-country tours, devilish nights, sex, drugs, madness–all caught on a plastic camera. Planet Ross, a collection of more than 100 Polaroids spanning the years 2002-2008, portrays moments from life on the road in Ross J. Farrar’s band Ceremony, alongside raw glimpses of San Francisco. With afterword by Jesse Miller-Gordon.

*Available for pickup at Ceremony's Los Angeles show February 24, at the Hollywood Palladium*

Reviews for Ross Sings Cheree & The Animated Dark

"Ross Farrar, the front man for Ceremony, has written a book of poems that is as melodic, fierce, and uncompromising as his music. His work confronts the ways we connive with our own fate even as we feel powerless to change it. His penchant for the surreal is underwritten by quiet introspection that doesn’t shy away from acknowledging the 'big sins fanning out from every pore.' These poems are brave, scrappy, and full of heart." — Tom Sleigh, author of Space Walk, House of Run, and Station Zed

"Ross Farrar’s poems are twisted in the best way. Twisted by America, a golden Cadillac, music, and desire. Twisted by Planet Moon and Rotten Sun. That twist is often a stunning torque to the body/mind that wrenches you out of your easy modes of perception and makes something thrilling as a recompense for the cruel and mean. It’s like a record that makes you sad, but you must listen to it again and again for its 'terrifying & magical' manner." — Bruce Smith, author of Spill, The Other Lover, and Devotions

"In Ross Farrar’s debut collection, Ross Sings Cheree & the Animated Dark, the poems’ speaker recognizes the world as the place where “your bad trips are really your good trips.” Moving through physical and emotional landscapes of loss and destruction, “Ross” begins to understand the inherent beauty in such places and states of being. How do we go on when we lose someone? How do we live between the earthquake’s wreckage and the waves invitation to swim? to drown? The metaphorical gun to his own head, “Ross” chooses beauty, manifested in abundance between the covers of this powerful book." - Chris Kennedy

"Ross Farrar is a master of writing about the everyday nothings that ruin a life but also make a life beautiful—the essential mysteries of why you might love someone one minute, and hate them the next, then love them again. And perhaps more importantly, why does death happen to people we love/hate?  His beautiful book Ross Sings Cheree & the Animated Dark wraps words around these mysteries so that they give shape to them without straining for answers or false hope.   If you are baffled or lost or human, these poems are friendly, slightly drunk companions to accompany you as you muddle through.  Read them—there is much comfort in their glorious bewilderment." - Sarah C. Harwell

"Ross Farrar keeps letting us know in his poems: amazing things can happen if we both step up, and he steps up. He shares the freedom of his willingness to surrender to the unexpected. He takes us where we use keener attention to find our bearings. His combination of urgent uncertainty and spoken immediacy, of idiom and invention, bursts with feeling and discovery. Ross Farrar keeps finding what his art requires. To quote Ross’s own heartfelt citation of the Gospel according to Wu Tang Clan,  Word is bond. In these poems, Word is bond." - Brooks Haxton

Biographical Note

Ross John Farrar was born in San Francisco and spent much of his young adult life playing music in the band Ceremony. In his late twenties, he decided to go back to school, finishing his undergraduate at University of California, Berkeley, followed by an MFA in Poetry at Syracuse University. His work can be found
in RHINO PoetryHeartworm ReaderThe Chaffey ReviewRiprap Journal, and Canary. He has published one book, comprised of literary mixed media, Society Verse (Bridge9 Press, 2010), and one chapbook, The L-Shaped Man Poems (Matador, 2015).