"Whether in second-person or, far more often, first person or first-person plural, each poem features an encounter, surreal of mundane, that offers hard-earned wisdom with offhand loquacity... Rutsala's tonal control is total in clipped, convincing free verse lines, in sentences skillfully enjambed and aurally persuasive... Rutsala's voice is wholly his own, and his words hold greater impact for the light touch they employ." --Ned Balbo, Pleiades
About the Author
A distinguished poet, Vern Rutsala was born February 5, 1934, in McCall, Idaho. Aside from time spent in Europe and the Midwest, Rutsala has lived in Oregon most of his life. He is the author of numerous poetry books. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a Masters Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Carolyn Kizer Poetry Prize, and the Northwest Poets Prize. Rutsala taught at Lewis & Clark College from 1961-2004.