These poems remind us that we are all in the thick of things, the rich and complicated givens. Moving fluently from subjects as diverse as the surface of Europa to a tiny spider in a tear of wallpaper, from Pythagoras at Tyre to the wings of a dragonfly, they are in love with the world and the deep seriousness of living. Often lavish themselves, they reflect that fact that the author is a visual artist, as well as a poet of insightful and sustained imagination.
ALLAN PETERSON recently retired as chair of the Visual Arts Department and director of the Visual Arts Gallery at Pensacola Junior College in Florida. His first book, Anonymous Or, won the 2001 Defined Providence Press competition.