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James Dean and The Beautiful Machine (Shanti Arts Publishing)

 ". . to capturing the dramatic irony of a hospital's instructions to save a paper form or lose all of your rights, to broadcasting the economic inequity of "the Lexus guy" complaining to the victim of a bicycle crash about the blood on his door, Ross vividly captures the absurdities of modern life. Along with James Dean, Elvis makes an appearance, as do Jim Morrison and James Baldwin, as the poems shine a light on life in the post-Vietnam and post-Great Recession heartland. Throughout, hope appears via respectful attention to humble details . . ." 


James Cihlar, author of Shadowgraph (2020)

"James Dean and The Beautiful Machine" (Shanti Arts Publishing, February 2020)


Features a 21st century take on the psyche's metamorphosis in light of the influence and co-existence of machines. Told through the poetic lens of three phases--innovation, assimilation, and epiphanies, it chronicles the voice of the modern troubadour when faced with built in obsolescence and estrangement.


Tracy Ross is a poet and writer. Her work aspires to explore the transformative ramifications of technology, modern isolation, and human disconnect on the psyche. Her first collection of poetry, Broken Signals (Trials of Disconnect) is available from Shanti Arts Press. Her novella, Certainty of One--A Tale of Education Automation was released in November of 2018 by Adelaide Press. James Dean and the Beautiful Machine was published in 2020. Her new chapbook of poetry Relics and Rituals will be released in Summer 2022 as part of Shanti Arts 2022 Chapbook Series. Her first collection of short stories, Binary Logic, will be coming out in late 2022. (Between the Lines Publishing). She is a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago and Augsburg University's MFA program in Minneapolis. She also holds a MS in Education from Bemidji State University, MN.