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Dense yet taut poems, grounded in an everyday enriched by an intelligent, idiosyncratic awareness -- Carrie Etter
The composition stage of the poem is not finished until I am satisfied with how the poem works in the mouth and in the ear as well as in relation to its imagery and its meaning.
My goal is to combine the confessionalism of the Alvarez era with the modernist panache of the Forties poets I admire. Todd Swift
B. 1935 D. 2014
The best reading of a poem involves a simultaneous engagement of the eye and ear.
Lord teach wings how/in the stark silence of these evenings/ in the fine chiselled rock spaces/ to fold and nest... - 'After Heartease New England', Velma Pollard
[Her] poems come to us with the intimacy of whispered secrets - Paul Batchelor
Through the sparseness and compression, Laird generates a haunting trove of subtle and enriching tonal orchestrations - Alan Gillis
I don't want to be one of those ivory tower writers; I want to affect people's lives.
If death still comes / we'll strike a pose / and hold our breath / until he goes - Kevin Ireland