By Ross John Farrar
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
From renowned vocalist of bands Ceremony, Spice, and Crisis Man, a darkly cathartic debut collection that crosses Samuel Beckett and hardcore punk.
A native of the Bay Area, Ross J. Farrar is an internationally renowned singer, songwriter, and lyricist for the post-punk band, Ceremony. In his debut book of poetry, Farrar conjures a narrative voice that evokes Alan Vega of the band Suicide and other New York school artists as he contemplates life outside of music. Farrar’s poems glide between hazy evocations of being young on the West Coast, working at an adult bookstore, and drinking with friends, alongside layers of darker experiences: visiting the graves of friends and loved ones, leaving Cheree, the 2016 election. He mulls over the lost landmarks of his youth in San Francisco and a relationship both heartwrenching and ultimately failing.
"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
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 Poetry, Heartworm Reader, The Chaffey Review, Riprap 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). Ross Sings Cheree & the Animated Dark is his debut poetry collection.