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Broken Signals

by Tracy Ross

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In her latest published collection of poetry, Tracy Ross confronts the problems and paradoxes inherent in communication. Broken Signals pays homage to the triumph of human meaning that comes through despite the tangled wires of daily disconnect brought on by the tethers of modern convenience.

POETRY / General

ISBN: 978-1-947067-57-8 (print; softcover; perfect bound)

LCCN: 2018960172

Released 2018

128 pages

Author Biography

Tracy Ross is a writer, poet, and humanist. Her pastimes include counting cars, collecting rain water in jars, and skipping stones. Broken Signals is her first published poetry collection. Her dystopic memoir, Certainty of One, will be released by Adelaide Books in October 2018. Ross grew up in an era when computers were just looming on the horizon and MTV was what every teenager watched after school. She attributes her influences to the dawning of the information age and the yawning of the nuclear age when her generation was branded with an X for commodity purposes. Ross holds a Bachelor of Art from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a Master’s in Education from Bemidji State. She has lived in Chicago, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota, and Detroit, Michigan, as well as the Twin Cities. She lives and works in Minnesota.


“The poems in Broken Signals by Tracy Ross are about our contemporary failure to communicate as well as our inability to receive messages sent to us everyday from the universe. Ross is unrelenting in her quest both to understand and be understood by the universe. These are deeply personal poems, and many have serious social and political implications, following the great tradition of the Beat poets.”
—  Cary Waterman, author of Threshold: New and Selected Poems

“These poems by Tracy Ross try to make sense of a world that doesn’t always cooperate. At various places in this book, Ross is journalist, fabulist, cynic, and myth-maker, all of which combine to create an electric sequence of “Holy Grail nights” and days of both wonder and suspicion, a sequence that becomes in the end a long letter to a better future, where people do not forget who came before them.”
— Richard Robbins, teacher and poet, author of Body Turn to Rain: New & Selected Poems

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