Peter Waldor is one of the most original voices in American poetry today. With subtle wit and a pitch perfect ear he celebrates all things great and small—be it a bolt hole on a bridge to the speed of light—with a transformative, often spiritual, imagination. We are better off after reading him.
Recipient of the first annual Settlement House American Poetry Prize, Alicia Partnoy’sFlowering Fires / Fuegos Florales is a work of wisdom born of witness and tempered by a lifetime of commitment to her craft. Gail Wronsky’s translations render these poems as vital in English as they are in Spanish. This is a book to be cherished and honored, read and reread.
True to its title, Peter Waldor's Who Touches Everything is a book of connections. From the click of an infant's lips to hermits living in adjacent caves, from "where a Mafioso/ left those terrible/ plastic bags . . ." to the first woman "to row the Atlantic," these spare and hard-edged poems are as rich in wisdom as they are in imagery. Who Touches Everything is a rewarding book.
David Allan Evans' vision is virtually limitless. Born of the great expanse of South Dakota and touching locales as distant as Mexico, China and the Isle of Man, Evans expression of that vision is as subtle as it is encompassing. The Carnival, The Life is a meditation on a life well lived.
Dennis Sampson’s seventh collection of poems, The Lunatic in the Trees, does everything we could ask of a book of poems. It has its own peculiar bent, is unique in its preoccupations, is well crafted and, ultimately, refreshingly humane.