This all-new collection by former Alaska poet laureate
smoothly blends his life in Maine, his years in Alaska,
and his love of Chinese poetry—which has been a
key influence on his work—into a lyrical fantasy that
will enchant lovers of verse. These tightly rhythmic,
compact eight-line poems demonstrate a rare deftness
with—and an even more uncommon ear for—language,
revealing poetic form to be neither a puzzle
nor an accomplishment in itself, but a compositional
tool and a spur to creativity.
I Think Again of Those Ancient Chinese Poets is a collection of poetry from Tom Sexton as he ties in the traditional Chinese poetry into his own reflections on Alaska. A thoughtful blend, I Think Again of Those Ancient Chinese Poets is a strongly recommended read, not to be missed.
—Wisconsin Bookwatch, April 2011
He's an atavistic avatar of how to look hard yet write simply.