This collection of new and selected poems
by the former poet laureate of Alaska, Tom
Sexton, opens a door on the essence of life
in Alaska and Maine. Sexton divides his
time between the two states, and he captures
here the small but powerful sensual
details of day-to-day life in these contrasting,
yet similar, environs. His carefully
crafted verse distills the birch and aspen,
lynx and ptarmigan, and the snow on high
peaks. Through his poems we thrill to
experience encounters with the wild, the
seasons, and the sublime landscape.
Tom Sexton was poet laureate of Alaska
from 1995 to 2000. He is the author
of eight books of poetry. His latest, A
Clock with No Hands, is a collection of
poems about his childhood in Lowell,
His poetry offers images so precise,
insights so profound, and language so
fresh that our world returns to us renewed.
This book is a must-have for any reader
of Alaska literature and for any reader of
-Peggy Shumaker, author of
Blaze, Underground Rivers, Wings Moist
from the Other World, Braided River, The
Circle of Totems, and Esperanza's Hair.
His language is clear, without tricks or
fancy moves, yet his directness is powerful,
and the effects are human.
-Paul Zimmer, Georgia Review
Any occasion for a new Tom Sexton book
is an event worth celebrating. He is one of
those contemporary poets with a genuine
ear for the appropriate music of the line, to
which he adds an eye for the lucid image,
and a knack for moving beyond mere
anecdote to the heartwood of the genuine
poem. No wonder he is loved.