Ryan Drag is a poet, currently residing in New York.

Writing with an interest in Romanticism, Surrealism, and Beat; though it can be read the emphasis of his work involves Transcendentalism, Symbolism, experimenting with both free-verse and traditional forms, to reach what A. Rimbaud referred to as, “Illuminations.”

His work has appeared in various publications (print & digital) including Love Love Magazine (Paris, France), Moof Magazine (London, UK), POSTmortem (Mad Gleam Press, Brooklyn & Paris), Sometimes Magazine (US), Alt Citizen (US), Bilingual Literary/Art Journal (Mexico City), and Denim Skin (US).

Drag has been invited to speak (& often organize) numerous “happenings” including: the New York City Poetry Festival, KGB Literary Bar / Red Room, Berl’s Poetry Bookshop, Parkside Lounge, Idio Gallery, and numerous other locations.

Ryan earned a BA in Arts / English from UMass at Amherst and is currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry at Lindenwood University.

A collection of his poetry, MAGNET, published by Coyote Blood Press/Paradisiac Publishing, is Drag’s debut. A follow-up collection entitled PULSE is TBA.

Also, a founding member and songwriter of the bands, Heavy Birds and The Lovebudz.

Description of MAGNET: click to purchase MAGNET

MAGNET by Ryan Drag is a collection of lyrical verse dedicated to the exploration of one’s subconscious mind. The focus of these poems is not with traditional form, but with daily meditations on life and death, metaphysics, the crow man and sirens, politics, nerve stimulation, and above all else the existence and feeling of love. This collection is in rhythm with New York City, a pulse that propels a writer to the streets to capture the sound and language of a diverse society. Drag’s voice is raw, vulnerable, and wild. In short, these poems are meant to entertain, provoke, and evoke moments of inebriation and freedom.

Reader Feedback:

Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2019

I think my headline says it all. If you like poetry, buy this book.

Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2017

Brilliant writer! A must for all Poets and poets at heart.

Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2017

Drag’s poetry provides an unconventional perspective on such timeless topics as death, love, and hope. Many of the poems read like a stream of consciousness, yet it is clear that the diction is carefully and cleverly chosen and positioned within each verse to invoke strong emotion and introspective thought within the reader.

Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2019

Drag is such an amazing musician that it is no surprise he is also an amazing poet. If you see him, kiss him or kill him, because either way he will last forever.
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