The Book of Definitions


In The Book of Definitions, hyper masculinity is a precious commodity traded on the social and sexual markets. What does a lack of masculinity mean for your own desirability? And should you “feel guilty for loving this?” The speakers in these poems, and their use of visceral and sensual imagery, are asking you to love them. We did.

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Ross upside down (1)Ross Robbins is a poet and painter based in Portland, Oregon. His previous publications include I Want to Say How I Feel and be Done With It Forever (Bone Tax Press, 2013), All In Black Blood My Love Went Riding (Two

Plum Press, 2014), and in late 2017, Two Plum Press will release The Three E.P.s, a collection comprised of three sections excerpted from three different full-length manuscripts. His poems have appeared in many lovely journals including Assaracus, Hobart, The Nervous Breakdown, The Fanzine, and Forklift, Ohio.

Ross was the founder of Bone Tax Press and the Bone Tax Reading Series. A lifelong devourer of poetry, his influences are obvious and many. If you would like to read more of his work, find him online at or