Varieties of Religious
Experience explores the indeterminate
"margin" of residual
memories and impulses as conceived by William James, to whom the book
its title. ("Our whole past store of memories floats beyond this
margin, ready at a
touch to come in; and the entire mass of residual powers, impulses,
that constitute our empirical self.")
The book moves alternately toward this margin and away from it, exploring
between the conscious and the residual, trying to reconcile the two
around the focal
points of production, dwelling and dance.
Ragosta is a native Rhode Islander and lives in Providence. Some of
his poems have
been translated into French.
"Ragosta dips us headfirst into experiences... [his] unrelenting
intellect is balanced
by swells of insight."
--Chris Potash, Small Press
"Ragosta's Varieties of Religious Experience ... documents
the descriptive constitutions
of poetic desire. But "desire" is superseded by speculation....
[It] seeks an annulment of
the processes of culturalization by exhibiting their residualist surface
[and a] speculative enactment of the prosopopoeia of philsophical
decidedly visionary (and even mystical) intent."
--Roger Riggins, Home Planet News