Statement from 2010 MCPL Celebrity Judge Robert Bly:
become very fond of his poems. "Settling In"
is a good example of his work. This poet has a lovely
way of flowing from one line to the next, and one stanza
to the next. He says,
son lays buried by a pear tree / that will never give
a fine couplet, and the music of "buried" and
"pear" gives it a lovely elegance. He says then,
wait for the serious thoughts of winter, the things that
freeze if they stand still long enough, while the stars
continue to crumple inward" --that's surprising--
"always circling in on something, / moving toward
the center of the universe as it closes in the dark.
stars are very beautiful and comforting, but then he suddenly
ends that with "like the light of an eye / as it
closes in the dark."
very good writing and is able to carry some tragedy with
it. At the same time there is some sort of triumph in
moving toward the center of the universe."