Ranked one of the best local poets by the Pittsburgh City Paper, Ron Gavalik bleeds gritty, raw truth to capture the powerful moments of life. Enjoy the sample poetry below from several published collections. Save your favorites and share with friends.
Gothic Riot Dreams
There's a hidden beauty within working men and women who struggle to make it.
“I authored this collection in honor of my trade union family. It reveals our fears and regrets, the small joys of life, and our perpetual sadness.”
Slag River Sins
Confessions of harsh truths, lost love, gluttonous hungers, loathing, and violence.
“I felt like I plunged a hand into my soul to extract bloody regrets, and then sculpted that madness into a collection of free verse poetry.”
A walking tour of madness that observes the horrors of our truths and the sadness of our lies.
“I observed life upon sidewalks for years and then painted this raw portrait of modern life that contains our subtle desperation.”
Hot Metal Tonic
The molten form of love and hatred, personal struggle, and whiskey-laced madness.
“In this first poetry collection I used a lifetime of experiences and observations to paint a sad, funny, and thoughtful portrait of life.”
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