"John Rybicki collects the ordinary elements of a work day, whether it's work at the tire shop or work at the desk 'cracking one sharp stone against a page until it sheds/the proper sparks . . .' These are the fruits of hard labor and love, a poet banging away until the beams are balanced, until life is balanced for one day against all the confusion and swirling called a life. It is love, after all, that begs this testimony, but it is devotion that allows it to flower into song." --Sandra Cisneros, best-selling author of The House on Mango Street and Caramelo
"I cannot, dare not, will not commit the crime of commenting on Rybicki's verses. All I might do is cry with him, yet lack the courage to venture a feeling anywhere within the infernal precinct of this man's authenticity. Song, song--he, Rybicki is singing." --Gordon Lish
"John Rybicki has a hurricane heart, a hammer-heart, that is just waiting to unleash itself upon this perhaps undeserving world." --Rick Bass
John Rybicki is currently the Sandburg-Auden-Stein Poet-in-Residence at Olivet College. His published works include Yellow-Haired Girl with Spider and Traveling at High Speeds as well as poems in numerous anthologies and periodicals.